Artist Statement

My work is the beginning of a story. When I look at a blank canvas I see a space where the characters of my abstracts will play out. As I begin to work on the piece the story starts to take shape. I look for small moments where I can create interest, and as those small moments come together the hope is I’ve created a complete piece. I try to leave the painting in a place that doesn’t give all of the answers and allows the viewer to fill in the blanks.

I will often add in words or phrases as I go through my process. These words represent a specific moment in time, a mood or a feeling that hits me right then. Many times these words are covered up and only a small number of readable words are visible in a finished piece.

Im influenced by the colors and textures I see in the city; often dark places where little moments of color seem to be out of place yet somehow belong. I generally start with a basic color palette in mind and slowly add base layers and texture eventually scrapping away top layers to show what was placed below. I typically use acrylics for large areas and oil sticks and pastels to create more specific shapes and angles. Other items I often use are toilet paper, which makes great texture, concrete paste and surgical gauze. 

Brett currently lives and works near Seattle, WA USA.

My painting process. Video by Creative Fusion Films.

I recently did a radio interview with StudioVox for my show at Sundance Cinema Gallery. Take a listen below...my portion starts around the 39 min mark and lasts about 10 mins.