Date: Sunday, May 19
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Abstract Painting
Instructor: Heather Neilson
Practice letting go and breaking free of constraints through simple and fun exercises. Use various mark-making tools to “draw," high quality GOLDEN acrylic paints and other mediums to tap into your inner creative voice. We will explore line, shape and color on various papers culminating with a 20"x16" finished painting that is unique and expressive.No experience necessary. All levels are welcome. Materials provided.
I am a non-objective, abstract artist employing an intuitive and expressive approach to painting. I use automatism and gestures to unearth internal states of being and to respond to external stimuli. I am inspired by what makes me feel most alive. 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. I experiment with line, texture, pattern, layers and energy. The process is cathartic and my desire is for my work to evoke and connect to an emotion or memory in the viewer.
Heather Neilson has studied with several well-known international working artists and attended studio classes at the New York Art Students League. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She has passionately pursued the study of art history and direct art making for the last 25 years. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and teaches art workshops in her studio and throughout the region.