Brett is primarily a self-taught artist. His brief introduction to formal art training began as a Civil Engineering Student at Tennessee Tech when he was accepted directly into ‘advanced studio painting’ as a non art major after presenting a portfolio of work to the professor. It was there that he was first taught to be both bold and prolific in his approach to painting. However, he had limited time for extra courses and was encouraged to complete his studies, earning a degree in civil engineering. He later began to realize that his engineering training had given him a solid foundation that provided the mathematical equivalent to two dimensional design and composition in art. After working for several years, in his late twenties, Brett decided to abandon his engineering career in search of more creative endeavors. He began his professional art career studying the old masters, observing nature and painting the landscape, learning to capture depth and atmosphere and building a firm foundation of drawing, color and value and a strong understanding of light and composition.
After painting landscapes for ten years Weaver began also painting abstracts to open up a new world of creativity allowing him to experiment with colors and expression in the use of paint, beyond that which he has experienced in the landscape. Opening up this new perception of color and composition has also allowed him to develop more expressive landscapes. His abstracts are primarily minimalist and non-representational. They are based on ideas, emotions and energy that develop as each painting evolves through layers of color and texture. He believes that being safe and obligated to one style can only stifle creativity and keep you from growing as an artist. His main goal in his abstract work is to say very much with very little and take the viewer to a state of seeing and experiencing what is perhaps not even there.
Weavers influences range from Edgar Payne and Twachtman to Diebenkorn and de Stael. Brett has won numerous awards with his landscapes and his work is in public and private collections including the Tennessee State Museum.
Weavers achievements in recent years include First Place at Cashiers (NC) Plein Air 2012, Second Place award at the 11th Annual Carmel Arts Festival, selection among ’21 under 31’ emerging artist in the September 2004 Issue of Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine’s Award of Excellence at the Spring 2005 PAP-SE show, and Raymar Award of Excellence at the Fall 2005 PAP-SE Show.