Brett Heidi is a contemporary western artist local to Olds, Alberta. She has been sketching custom portraits and painting in oil, watercolour, & acrylic from childhood.
"As a small child, a normal day might have found me sifting through old art books and western magazines. My parents often discussed colour theory and oil painting techniques and I was usually listening intently. My siblings and I always accompanied them on art related jobs, errands and art shows. That exposure was likely the beginning of my interest in art.
My ideas come from what inspires me the most. Growing up in a farming community, I really enjoyed taking care of the animals on our little hobby farm. Even when we lived in the city we always attended the horse jumping event 'Spruce Meadows Masters' which is where I fell in love with horses. Since we had a rodeo in Olds, we never visited the Calgary Stampede until, at age 17, I learned of the 'Western Showcase' advertised in a cowboy magazine. Upon attending I was so inspired by the brilliant artwork and respect paid to western heritage that this event has fed my inspiration for years. In 2019 I was very appreciative to be invited for the first time to participate in this intriguing show!"
Over the past 5 years Brett has developed a style using acrylic that lends to a modern, simplistic look while holding true to basic principals. This technique evolved after time spent learning to paint more traditionally with oil, sketching graphite portraits and after having spent some time working with watercolours.
"My current style evolved when I attempted my first large scale acrylic painting. Something I had loved about watercolour was the freedom of pure juicy colour spreading across a simple white textured paper. There is a sense of simplicity yet a vivid brilliance to it. The techniques of layering watercolour washes along with that of oil glazing have influenced how I paint in acrylic.
I have gained inspiration and savoured experiences from both urban and country living. Having the chance to live in Mexico for six years expanded my perspective of life. Now that I again live in Central Alberta along with my husband, we really enjoy the diversity that this province has to offer. One of the perks to living here is the incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills. Another inspiration is the charm of our neighbouring city, Calgary, with the unique skyline back dropped by the Rockies and hosts the winding Bow River. Just an hour west is a mountainous oasis, Banff National Park where I find inspiration for my forest animal pieces and mountain scenes.
I am fascinated by how the perception of colour is affected or even created by light. Life's beautiful things put onto canvas tell a story and affect our emotions"
Brett Heidi's work has been sold to clients from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, Tanzania, South Africa, New Zealand, Finland & the United Kingdom.