Heather Neilson

Heather Neilson

Abstract Artist and Art Educator

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 in response to external inspiration.

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. When approaching a new work I attempt to let it unfold naturally rather than through a pre-determined intention. My desire is for my art 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 Silver Brush Educator. She teaches art workshops in her studio and throughout the region.


September 2020 – National Fine Art Show – Lincoln Gallery, Loveland, CO
February 2020 – Juried show – Small Works, Five Points Annex Gallery
December 2019 – Juried show – Small Works, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut
December 2018 – Solo show The Smithy Loft Gallery, New Preston, Connecticut
May 2018 – CT+6 Juried Group Exhibit West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut November 2016 Solo show – “Explorations – Works on Paper”, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, Connecticut
October 2016 – Solo show – The Underground Gallery, Collinsville, Connecticut November 2015 – Solo show – The Underground Gallery, Collinsville, Connecticut


Judith Kruger Master Residency – MASS MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts – October, 2018
Aimone Art Services Residency – Atlantic Center of the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida – February, 2018