I’m rather excited to share with you an artist I recently discovered. His name is Bret Pendlebury and his portrait work is quite incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Artist Bret Pendlebury was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in a small neighborhood in the city called Coconut Grove. An urge to experience other cities and leave the distractions of Miami behind brought Bret to Philadelphia, where he now lives and creates mixed media portraits inspired by his collection of early 20th century photographs.
Each portrait is inspired by an old photo from his collection, some of which he inherited from his grandmother. He admits to being particularly enamored by the way women styled themselves back in the day- especially the hairstyles.
Bret credits his grandfather for the work that he creates today. As an architect, his grandfather was constantly working from photographs. He passed this skill, as well as how to paint and work with watercolors, onto his grandson.
Bret admits that capturing reality is not his objective and cites Vincent Van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Edward Gorey as sources of inspiration for his work.
*All images are linked to the artist’s Etsy page.
Amy Pulliam, a self-taught jewelry artisan and the designer behind Helen Ethel Studio, was raised in the fresh country air and woodlands of central Pennsylvania but later moved to Philadelphia to pursue her studies in Art History. In addition to her work as a jewelry artisan, she is also the research librarian/historian for an historic architectural stained glass window studio in Philadelphia. Discover her Facebook page, etsy shop and blog .