Brett Heidi is a contemporary western artist residing in Olds, Alberta, Canada.
Coming from a family immersed in art, she had early exposure to painting, sketching and the study of color and light. As a youth she found herself winning prizes in local and international art contests, eventually taking on custom portraits and book illustrations.
At age 17, she learned of the Calgary Stampede 'Western Showcase' advertised in a cowboy magazine. Upon attending she was inspired on a new level by the high quality artwork and respect paid to western heritage. The summer of 2019 turned out to be very exciting as she was invited for the first time to participate as an artist in this show!"
Since 2014 Brett Heidi has developed a unique style that has been by identified by it's loose large brushstrokes and the use of undermixed color.
"My current technique evolved when I attempted my first large scale acrylic painting. Something I had loved about watercolor was the freedom of pure juicy color spreading across a simple white textured paper, planned but uninhibited. There is a sense of simplicity yet a vivid brilliance to it. The techniques used in oil also influences how I paint in acrylic. I am fascinated by how the perception of color is affected or even created by light, therefore driving my choice of pigment."
Growing up mostly in a farming community, Brett's love and respect for animals has fed the desire to paint them. She and her husband soak in the natural beauty that the area has to offer. The incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills, the charm of their neighboring city Calgary with the unique skyline back dropped by the Rockies and hosts the winding Bow River, and just an hour west is a mountainous oasis, Banff National Park where she finds inspiration for her forest animal pieces and mountain scenes. She also feels that her experience of living Mexico for 6 years has reshaped her perspectives, which undoubtedly affects how one creates.
Brett Heidi continues to learn from experience, from other artists and life itself while being inspired by music and the "everyday".
"Life's beautiful things put onto canvas tell a story and affect our emotions"