About Heather

My work is an expression of personal experience conveyed through an intuitive lens. Marks and gestural sweeps are recontextualized as a buried visual language, unearthing hidden emotion. Inspiration comes through an unforced seeing, feeling and awareness.

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 the piece unfold naturally rather than through a pre-determined intention.

I experiment with line, texture, pattern, layers and energy. The process is cathartic and and my desire is for my work to evoke and connect to an emotion or memory in the viewer.


Heather Neilson has attended the Art Students League of New York and has studied with several international working artists. She has passionately pursued the study of art history and direct art making for the last 25 years. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. Heather resides in Northwest Connecticut, where she works and teaches mixed media workshops in her studio at Whiting Mills, Winsted, CT.


UPCOMING – 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