Martin Universal Design
Martin F. Weber Co.
America’s Master Artist Color Maker
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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. 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.
I’m completely committed to watercolour, other mediums just don’t do it for me so I've spent a lot time studying watercolour painting and art privately. There are effects that you just simply cannot get in any other medium; I love the luminosity I can achieve and I love the way I can leave the pigments to just do their thing – I love watching paint dry!!
RECENT HONOURS, AWARDS & PRIZES:
2014 Auckland Watercolour society—2nd Prize—Harvest: Cheese & Onions
2014 Mairangi Arts Centre—1st Prize—Drumming Up Business III
2014 Watercolour New Zealand—3rd Prize—Singer & Stripes
2014 Ponsonby Cruising club—Guest Artist
2014 Great Summer Art Exhibtion—1st Prize—Sunflowers with Red
2013 Auckland Watercolour Soceity—1st Prize—Tools of the Trade
2013 Bucklands Beach Yacht Club—Guest Artist
2013 Watercolour New Zealand—2nd Prize—Sukhumvit Stripes
2013 Winsor & Newton—Feature Artist
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