Perth Western Australia
My name is Brett McPherson and I’m a retired graphic designer who loves to paint. I worked in the advertising industry, in some of Perth’s largest agencies for over 35 years as a senior art director, then ran my own business. The commercial art world has changed so much over the years with the introduction of computers and the social network of communication. But my passion for the visual arts has never changed.
These days I’ve combined my love of holiday destinations and painting. I travel extensively throughout the state of Western Australia, always taking a sketchbook wherever I go. There is nothing more peaceful than sketching in deserted areas where you are at one with nature.
One of my favourite destinations is Rottnest where I’ve holidayed for many years since I was a boy. I’ve always loved the stunning beauty of its coast and the intriguing history of it’s past. The contrasting colours and the sculptural ruggedness of its coast offers many challenges. While many artists have attempted Rottnest I try to capture a less commercial approach.
I suppose my influences comes from Australian art history especially the golden years of the early to late nineteenth century. Heidelberg and beyond including artist like Streeton, McCubbin, Roberts, Richardson and Charles Conder. Also the stories and styles of George Lambert, Hans Heysen, Ivor Hele and Robert Hannaford. There are so many artist I take inspiration from that at times I get confused as to what style I should endure so I just let my brush do the talking.
Overall self taught over the years, but I have attended selected art workshops for inspiration and guidance.
While I have never had a solo exhibition I have entered my work in many suburban exhibitions and awards. I've been lucky enough to win a number of awards recently, including best painting prize 2 years in a row at the Gosnells Exhibition and Awards. I also won an acquisition award at the Melville Arts Exhibition and awards. I've also picked up a few highly commended awards at the York and Darlington Art Shows over the years and had great success in selling my work.