MEET HEATHER MACNEAIL

May 1, 2014

Heather's Bio

 

Originally from Montreal, Heather moved to Vancouver in 1994 feeling drawn to the beauty of the West Coast. Prior to her move west, Heather lived in Toronto and overseas inSwitzerland, Belgium and Germany where she was inspired by rich artistic environments. She spends her time in Vancouver and Victoria. When in Vancouver, she works out of her Art Works Wonders Studio on Granville Island.

 

Mainly self taught, Heather has developed her skills and style of painting through participating in many classes and workshops over the years. She has explored working in oils, watercolours, mixed media and acrylics with her paintings ranging from representational to abstract. Currently, she is focusing on abstract compositions using acrylics and experimenting with some mixed media.

 

Heather has exhibited her art in local venues both in Vancouver and Victoria and has participated in several group shows. Her paintings are in private collections across Canada, in the U.S. and New Zealand.

 

Artist Statement

 

Inspiration for my work comes from a deeply felt connection with nature, and the interplay of colours, shapes and objects in my environment. Many of my compositions focus on the contrast between structured and organic shapes. While initially drawn to an image or concept, I then work in a spontaneous and intuitive way. The emphasis is on the process of exploration and discovery, and creating a dialogue with the painting as a feeling is evoked and the image emerges. As the artist, in the process of creating a piece, I am moved to capture the essence of what is being expressed. As the viewer, I invite you to engage in your own unique experience of the painting.

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2014                Pane from Heaven, Vancouver, BC

2014                Look Show, Victoria, BC

2014                Canvas Unbound, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2014                Abstract Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2014                Artists Choice, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2013                'Abstract Matters' Group Show, The Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC

2013                South Delta Artists Guild Oil & Water Show, Tsawwassen, BC

2013                Canvas Unbound Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC - Award of Excellence for 'Breakthrough' painting

2013                Look Show, Victoria, BC

2013                Active Members Show, Abstract Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2012                Painting on the Edge Group Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists,  Vancouver, BC

2012                Sooke Fine Arts Show, Victoria, BC

2012                Look Show, Victoria, BC

2010 - 2012     Open studio exhibitions at Art Works Wonders Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

2010                Duo Exhibition at Goward House, Victoria, BC

2008                Moka House at Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, BC

2001                Raspberry Retreat Gift Store – artist of the month – Vancouver, BC

1999 - 2001     Artists in Our Midst Community Art Exhibition, Vancouver BC

1999                Bowen Island Summer Arts Fair, Bowen Island, BC

 

Art Education

·         Mixed Media workshops – Vancouver, BC – 2011/2012

·         Abstract painting classes with Michelle Miller, Victoria, BC - 2009/2010

·         Vancouver Island School of Art – abstract acrylic painting classes – 2007/2008

·         Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC – acrylic painting and mixed media workshops 2003 - 2007

·         Academy of Art, Vancouver, BC – mixed media workshop - 2002

·         Elst Design Studio, Vancouver, BC – drawing classes - 1997

·         University of British Columbia Continuing Education – mixed media workshop - 1996

·         Toronto School of Art – watercolour and acrylic painting classes - 1993-94

·         Art Gallery of Ontario – acrylic painting classes - 1986-87

·         Watercolor painting in Holland - 1982-84

 

If you would like to make an appointment to visit Art Works Wonders Studio at Granville Island, please contact me at: 778-899-0894.

 

 

 

 

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