An Inspirational Journey
Brent Heighton started drawing at age four on the walls of his parents’ home, much to their dismay. He has never looked back and he has now been painting full time for over 38 years. Born in Vancouver, B.C., Brent had access to great schools and passionate teachers. One, he recalls, was particularly special. "Frieda Suderman, my high school teacher, said any dream is possible with hard work." And Brent Heighton has definitely worked hard at his craft. Along the way, he had many teachers and mentors: Rex Brandt, father of the California School; William Reese, who was passionate about painting from life; and many master painters from history, like Sargent and Monet. All of them inspired Brent’s quest for improvement and learning, and all taught something very different, but at the same time had a similar message in their mantra – it is not easy to pursue your dreams in art, and hard work is a must. Brent is impressed with artists that have made the sacrifice to paint full time, throwing all caution to the wind and going for it. To him, that is honest, and scary, especially if you are trying to feed a family and follow your dreams. "I find, today, that many people take a few workshops with what I would call formula painters – who teach people to paint like them – and you then have this group of people that all paint the same. Some better, some worse. But, in the end, it's sad because many of them are fooled into thinking they are artists, when in reality they are just copying someone else's dream."
previous spread, Mount Edith Cavell, acrylic on canvas, 33" x 46" above, The Frequent Visitor, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 36" right, Fall Catch, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 30"