Brooke's work has been compared to the 20th century description of "Luminism," a style of painting from the mid-1800's (1850-1870). That style of American landscape painting concentrates on the reflective nature of water and sky. Using words like "Mysterious and fascinating, adventurous and strangely beautiful,'"

 Wetzel, who is a Montana native, writes about the depth of her experience with painting and nature, "When the sky becomes illuminated at daybreak and nightfall or the sun is defused by a storm cloud, it causes aspects of nature to become quiet and subdued. I am inspired by these momentous times of contemplation. I feel blessed to express that through a paintbrush."

 The mountain lakes and rivers of the Northwest have become particularly important as subject matter for Wetzeľ's work. As a person who loves to explore in her pursuit of reference views, she studies what lies within her viewshed and uses that information to inform her art. Along with the landscapes she paints, she sometimes adds small subjects. They reflect the western lifestyle and may be inspired by her Native American heritage, sightings of wildlife, or views with horses or fishermen. She recently developed a series of paintings, "Women on the Water" that celebrates the activities of women in the outdoors.

 This artist's primary inspiration comes from her experiences in the outdoors, where she has spent most of her life exploring, whether fishing, boating, camping, rafting, or hiking. From backpacking in the mountains to dropping a boat anchor to watch a sunset, she watches for what she calls "the special effects of nature."

 As Wetzel has expressed, "There is so much in the wilderness that is relative to life. It's hard, messy, and wondrous, but strangely there is a perfect order to it all. Whether I am on the middle of a lake, floating down the river, climbing a mountain, or simply sitting on my front porch, reveling under the big sky, it all makes me think deeply. I find purpose and passion in the landscape; it is inherently who I am."

 Wetzeľ's artistic process began in childhood while she watched her father sketch and then tried to emulate his drawings in the sketchbooks she made. She also admired the artistic skill of her great uncles who were illustrators for Walt Disney Studios. Still, her childhood in Montana and central ldaho are where she learned to explore and developed a love for the land.

 Wetzel gained recognition for her artistic skill while still young. She participated in mural paintings, had work selected for a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, and placed in an American Patriotic Art Scholarship Program. In 2009, as a self-taught artist and still young to the world of art, she began working to improve her skills in art through independent study and developing mentor relationships with other artists.

  Not until after Wetzel continued her education in business and settled with a family did she realize her passion to express herself through a paintbrush. She came to understand another part of the equation, "As my artistic ability was ignited, I learned that passion cannot be manufactured, it is inherent. Painting what I love doing seems natural, and I feel that my best expressions are found in the wilderness."

 Wetzeľ's guide in this journey continued to be the words of her high school art teacher, "Brooke, you have no idea what you're doing, you just paint with your eyes." As a result, Wetzel says, "Either I like what I see, or I don't. I move paint around until I think it works. The rules seem to cloud my mind and keep me confined. I have learned to hone my skills through nurturing intuitive composition."

 Wetzeľ's studio is nestled a few steps from her home in the Bitterroot Valley. There, she shares life with her husband, son, and daughter - the three forces she calls her greatest motivation. She explains that the family "lives where the winters are hard, but the inspiration is endless. The cold keeps me in the studio, but when it's nice, the rivers and mountains won't stop calling. As a landscape artist, it's the perfect place to be."

 In 2013 the Montana Arts Council selected Wetzel for Montana's MAP where she has developed the tools that helped her succeed in the business of art. She was also selected to be part of the MAP Tour of Excellence to Jackson, WY. Wetzel has exhibited her work in solo shows across the U.S., along with several group exhibitions like The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction (Reno, NV) and in shows in Montana, Arizona, Idaho, Texas and Washington. In 2021, she was an Artist in Residence at the Triple Creek Ranch's "A Montana Hideaway."

 Art publications have featured Wetzel and her work, including nationally recognized arts publications such as "Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine" and

"Art of The West Magazine."

 In 2024, her work will be at The American Miniatures and Great American West Shows, Settlers West Gallery, (Tucson, AZ); March in Montana, The Russell Exhibition and Sale, C.M. Russell Museum, and The Outwest Art Show, March (Great Falls, MT); Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, July (Reno, NV)

 The public can also see Wetzel's work in the following galleries: Dick ldol Signature Gallery (Whitefish, MT), Cole Gallery (Edmonds, WA), Beartooth Gallery (Red Lodge, MT) Coeur d’Alene Galleries (Coeur d’Alene, ID) , Settlers West Gallery, (Tucson, AZ)