From his Southern United States Studio, Chad Barrett's work expresses narratives in subject and context: landscapes that capture the mystery of a country tableau, still-lifes that dramatize the juxtaposition of shapes and movement, portraits that play with divine elegance and period style. His work is a constant cycle of construction and deconstruction. The result is a discussion of contrast - image vs. materials, decadence vs. simplicity, depth vs. artifice.
Barrett earned degrees in painting and art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While attending, he discovered that he could combine classical painting techniques with a sophisticated use of Southern decorative tradition, to create art that is simultaneously original and familiar. His Southern roots are still a source of inspiration, along with the joy of family.