Brittany Weistling began her career as a model for her artist dad, Morgan Weistling, before she could talk. At age six she shared the stage with her father at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale when the painting she posed for, The Dance, won the Purchase Award. Her mother, JoAnn Peralta, has painted her numerous times as well, and collectors have watched her grow up on canvas.
However, she has been studying all those years, too. She has attended the Autry’s Plein Air Paintout alongside her parents every year, and from a very young age has been immersed in the world of fine art. She has an accurate eye for detail, and her draftsmanship far exceeds what one expects to see in someone so young. Her artistic passion lies in painting figurative compositions and dramatically lit still lifes. She draws much of her inspiration from the Renaissance and Baroque masters. She is currently studying art history in college and taking figure drawing classes. While others her age were taking part-time work during high school, she was earning income from portrait commissions and selling her paintings directly off her website. In 2010 she received a commission from the Autry Museum of the American West.
In 2011, at the age of 15, Weistling was invited to be a guest artist in the 2012 Masters of the American West, where one of her paintings hung on the artists’ Miniatures wall, and three others were sold by retail. She was a guest artist the following year as well.
In 2014 she was invited to be in Settlers West’s American Miniatures exhibition and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works, Great Wonders annual winter art sale, and she and has been invited back annually since then. During that same year, she was featured in International Artist and Western Art Collector magazines; her painting Emily was featured on the cover of Southwest Art; and she was one of the artists interviewed for Southwest Art’s article “21 Under 31.”
Brittany Weistling is featured in the September issue of Southwest Art Magazine. Read the article here