21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Brittney Tough


Brittney Tough, Between the Sheets, watercolor, 25 x 42.

Brittney Tough, Between the Sheets, watercolor, 25 x 42.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts in painting from Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary.

Style: Contemporary photorealism in watercolor.

Creative Spark: Color, pattern, light, and shadow catch my eye, enticing me to capture photos of ordinary objects in daily life. I love seeing the artistic potential in everyday objects. When I’m back painting in the studio, the thrill comes from finding a way to exaggerate these elements within the painting to emphasize the meaning of the subject.

Other Passions: Mentoring others through art to discover their potential. Being outdoors in nature, walking my dog, and vacations.

Best Advice Received: Focused intentions brings focused results.

Biggest Fear: When I was younger, my biggest fear was centipedes. Now, it’s not spending enough quality time with family and friends.

Pet Peeve: Finishing the last 15 percent of a painting is always a bit of a struggle, because I’m really eager to move on to the next one.

Quirkiest Trait: Everyone tells me I’m secretly a granny on the inside.

Favorite Studio Music: I love to listen to Latin and tropical house music. Occasionally I will mix it up with ’90s hip-hop, pop, folk, or country, depending on my mood. So, really a little bit of everything.

Future Goals: To develop my art profession into a sustainable career. More specifically, this year I’m aiming to be juried into the American Watercolor Society’s exhibition.

Price Range: $300 to $2,500.

Representation: KO:N.FE.RO Art, Calgary, AB; Bulrushes Gallery, Winnipeg Beach, MB. 

Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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