Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Don Bradshaw grew up on the outskirts amidst
the new city's contrasting desert and farmlands. Prior to receiving
his Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking, Bradshaw
traveled the southern states, living in Arkansas and Texas.
Influenced by the landscapes of Texas and Arizona, the artist's early
works offered a unique perspective on the patterns and contours of the
plowed and etched fields of those southern states. The earlier landscapes
have evolved into two current directions. One style has taken a more
traditional route with an impressionistic feel. The other draws only
from the abstract shapes and elements of earlier landscapes, putting
the emphasis on the contrasting colors and shapes found in nature.
Bradshaw's work, both abstracts and landscapes, brilliantly blends
the rich colors of the earth. The images are able to capture the movement
of light with the use of color.
Bradshaw says he uses the landscape as an excuse to play with colors,
exaggerating the greens, the reds, and heightening the contrasts seen
in nature. He adds, "The process of painting is a matter of building
with color and light, layering the color fields to develop the depth
and the artist's perception of the subject."
The richness of his monotypes are achieved by blending similar color
fields together. Blending first with inks and then with pastels and
watercolors after the piece is printed, helps to both soften the colors
and aid in accenting the sharpened, contrasting forms that create the
Bradshaw's work is found in numerous corporate, government and private
collections nationwide. Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd is proud to represent
Don Bradshaw for nearly ten years.