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 studied with several well-known international working artists and attended studio classes at the New York Art Students League. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She has passionately pursued the study of art history and direct art making for the last 25 years. She enthusiastically shares her love of the arts with her students. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and teaches art workshops in her studio at Whiting Mills in Winsted, Connecticut.
UPCOMING – December 1, 2018 – January 3, 2019 Solo Show at The Smithy Loft Gallery, New Preston, CT. Reception November 30th 5pm-7pm.
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