Heather Neilson

Heather Neilson

Abstract Artist and Art Educator

I am a painter and teacher. I am inspired by a connection to the natural world and the understanding of everything being in constant flux. Art making demands a certain kind of surrendering. I employ an intuitive and expressive approach to my work. Each painting is approached with the idea of communicating inner and outer experiences with immediacy and presence. My desire is for the viewer to sense their own connection to the earth and sky.

My art classes and workshops are designed to help participants find their inner voice through gentle guidance and encouragement. I provide a warm and inviting creative space which is rich with the opportunity for rewarding experiences and connection with other like-minded creatives.

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. Heather was a digital marketer for several large corporations before pursuing her dream to become a full time artist. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and Silver Brush Educator. She teaches art classes 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

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