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 results in works not necessarily needing a direct understanding through spoken language. 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 is largely self-taught but has 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, JuJu Art Studios at Whiting Mills, Winsted, CT.
November 8th-December 8th, 2016 – Northwestern Connecticut Community College “Explorations-Works on Paper”
September, 2016 –The Underground Gallery “The Gloucester Series” Read Priscilla Newcomb’s Review
October, 2015 – The Underground Gallery