Heather MacNeil - Visual Artist
acrylic paintings

 

Heather's Bio

Heather in Art Works Wonders StudioOriginally from Montreal, I moved to the West Coast in 1994 feeling drawn to its natural beauty. Prior to moving west, I lived in Toronto and overseas in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany where I was inspired by rich artistic environments.

 

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

 

I have exhibited my art work in many shows in Vancouver and Victoria. My paintings are in private collections across Canada, in the U.S. and New Zealand. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

 

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 include gestural marks and 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, creating a dialogue with the painting as a feeling is evoked and the image emerges.

 

 

Exhibitions

2017          Acrylics in Action Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2017          West of Main Art Walk (Artists in Our Midst); Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver, BC

2016          'Spontaneous Connections' solo exhibition, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver, BC

2016          Abstract Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC

2015          South Delta Artists Guild Oil & Water Show, Tsawwassen, BC

2012-2015  Look Show, Victoria, BC

2012, 2014 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

2014           Pane from Heaven, Vancouver, 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, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC - Award of Excellence for 'Breakthrough' painting

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

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

2010-12      Open studio exhibitions at Art Works Wonders Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

2010           Exhibition at Goward House, Victoria, BC

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

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

1999           Bowen Island Summer Arts Fair, Bowen Island, BC

 

Art Education

 

·       Workshop with Todd Clark - Gibsons, BC - 2015

·       Workshop with Suzanne Northcott - Vancouver, BC - 2013

·         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

·         Watercolour painting in Holland - 1982-84

 

If you would like to make an appointment to see my work,
please contact me at 778-899-0894
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