During a 30 year career in architecture, Bradd enjoyed watercolor painting primarily as a hobby and a source of creative relaxation. His personal goal of turning his hobby into a more meaningful endeavor had to wait until his retirement in 2017. While continuing to paint in watercolor he wanted to test himself by learning to paint in oil and acrylic. With no formal education in fine art, but a love of all things creative, his biggest joy is the experimentation that comes from being a primarily self-taught artist and learning new mediums. The subjects and compositions for his paintings come with the perspective of an architect finding beauty in urban landscapes, as well as his love of the outdoors for more traditional landscape subjects. Both of these are supported by he and his wife’s love of travel where he finds most of the subjects for his paintings.
Bradd’s watercolor have been selected for a number of juried exhibitions, including the Iowa 2002: New Art Exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The 2015 Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth Exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the 2022 National Watercolor Exhibition at Mark Arts. Bradd has paintings in the permanent collection at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.