Born and raised in coastal Alabama, Brad Robertson paints with a distinctive style that invites the mind to wander across layers of color and texture, as the eye might wander along the horizon, looking out across the water and into the depths of a Gulf Coast sunset. Robertson aims to evoke the eternal, looking for innovative ways to combine color and texture to create multi-layered shorelines, endless horizons and seeming portals of bold color. A direct expression of the landscape he calls home, he views every piece as a part of him. Robertson states, “I have painted all my life, my first inspiration coming from the land- scape of coastal Alabama, which continues to inform my work. I work quickly, mostly with acrylics, layering paint on the canvas to create a sense of depth, intensity and expansiveness. I’m also currently working with using water on the canvas.
My art is the one thing that allows me to express myself. But there’s still an element of mystery to it. I have finished some pieces within months and others required years of work. I have to sense a painting is ready, to look at it and just know. It’s beyond reason, but for me art is rooted in subjectivity. My art begins as an expression of my own life and my own experience but it’s not until people look at my paintings and are able to define them in their own terms that I feel like my work has accomplished its purpose.”