Brad Robertson has painted all his life. Born and raised in the coastal town of Mobile, Alabama, his earliest inspiration was the landscape-the indigenous pines and oak trees, and the waters of Mobile Bay. The coastal landscape is still a major source of inspiration for Robertson.
At Auburn University Roberson spent time studying architecture and industrial design. During his time in college an art professor shaped the foundation for what would eventually become Robertson’s career as a professional painter, encouraging his uniqueability to work with color and texture to create depth, complexity and expressiveness.
Robertson earned his BFA in graphic arts in 1999, leaving painting behind for a time and moving to Atlanta to work as a full-time graphic artist at a production company. After a few years he decided the structure and monotony of big-city life was not for him, and began to think of his roots in Alabama.
Robertson moved back to Alabama in 2002, lured back to the more relaxed coastal way of life. Since then Robertson has become an award winning artist with collectors throughout in United States. Still based in Mobile, he is active in the local art community and says he cannot imagine doing anything else for a living. He considers good music an integral part of the artistic process and tries his hand at fishing in his spare time, though he admits he should probably stick to painting.
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 weeks and others have 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.