How to Display an Abstract Painting on Paper

Abstract Painting on panel

In my expressive abstract painting classes my students are instructed to paint on paper when we do exercises exploring principles of Value, Color, Composition, Shape and more. If it is the first time they are using paper, they are usually pleasantly surprised by how versatile and wonderful paper can be as a painting substrate.

Asemic writing

Early on in my progress as an abstract painter and as part of my art journaling journey, I was inspired by my handwriting as a mark making tool. The personal “hand” to create lines and texture and communication feels raw and authentic.

My under and overstory


My name is Heather Neilson and I am an artist. I live in Northwestern, Connecticut with my husband, two teens, a dog, and an infinite number of back yard friends. I feel a deep connection to the natural world, especially the trees, plants, sky and earth. I feel most alive when I am expressing this connection through my art and my soul feels most at ease here amongst all the sounds, smells and sights.