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About Amanda Brett:
Creating is what I am meant to do. It all started when I was very young, drawing and painting with my father and, although my “artist career” started late, my business career has been modelled on creativity: I designed and made bespoke ball gowns, evening and corporate wear, and, for many years, I worked as an art director and a creative marketing strategist.
My goal is to make the most of wet-in-wet watercolour painting. For me, this is the most ‘true’ watercolour technique; many watercolourists avoid it due to the inherent difficulty of controlling the washes. My secret is, I don’t try to control wet in wet washes, I let the natural laws of watercolour play out. I’m very happy to watch the paint settle and dry by itself thus achieving more unique, painterly passages of colour. My aim is to design beautiful wet in wet colour blends that mysteriously materialise into nothing. I create watercolour washes that contain hidden depths, inexplicable layers and unexpected details. I love to paint light and colour.
Amanda Brett’s work:
I create beauty from beautiful things. Some things old, like my Singer Series, and some imaginary, as my Harvest Series. I prefer pastiche painting, designing my composition from many sources of reference material, including my imagination. This ensures I create an essence of the light and the subject, providing an opportunity to play with shapes and create unique effects all without the distraction of detail.
My favourite subject is still-life. For me it’s not still at all; the activity of a mystery person having left behind a setting of objects handled and left in disarray tells a story of us, fun, love and laughter.
I also paint many different subjects ranging from nudes and portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and abstract. Whatever my subject of the time, I spend many hours researching, designing and drawing and use that research to create several artworks, sometimes over several months. This wide range of subject matter pushes me to become a better artist.
I am fortunate to have been inspired to use the remarkable medium of watercolour by the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, George Braque, Gustave Klimt, Juan Gris, Shirley Trevena, Gretchen Albrecht, Peter McIntyre and many more. More recently, Frank Webb, Rex Brandt, George Post & Ted Sherwen.
For further information about Amanda Brett, visit: http://www.amandabrett.net