About Heather

I am a non-objective, abstract artist employing an intuitive and expressive approach to painting. I use automatism and gestures to unearth internal states of being and to respond to external stimuli. I am inspired by what makes me feel most alive. 

I approach a work with immediacy as each layer, mark or brush stroke informs the next step. Art making demands a certain kind of surrendering and a willingness to let be. I experiment with line, texture, pattern, layers and energy. The process is cathartic and my desire is for my work to evoke and connect to an emotion or memory in the viewer. 


Heather Neilson is an artist and art educator primarily in abstract painting, collage and art journaling. She has pursued the study of art history and direct art making for the last 25 years, studied at the New York Art Students League and with several master artists. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and teaches art workshops to adults and teens in her studio at Whiting Mills in Winsted, CT and throughout the region.

Shows and Exhibitions

December 7 -22, 2019 – Small Works juried group Show, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

August 24-25, 2019 – Northwest Connecticut Arts Council – Open Your Eyes Studio Tour

December 1, 2018 – January 3, 2019 Solo Show at The Smithy Loft Gallery, New Preston, CT.

April 29th – June 3, 2018 – CT+6 Exhibit Juried Show, Jack Richeson Art Materials Award, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

November 8th-December 8th, 2016 – Northwestern Connecticut Community College “Explorations-Works on Paper”, Winsted, CT Read Priscilla  Newcomb’s Review

September, 2016 –The Underground Gallery, Collinsville, CT “The Gloucester Series” 

October, 2015 – The Underground  Gallery, Collinsville, CT

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