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 has pursued the study of art history and direct art making for the last 25 years. She has attended classes at the New York Art Students League and studied 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 in her studio and throughout the region.

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