Description Media: acrylicDimensions: 20x24x1.5Date of Work: 2007The 24th in my Polish pottery series was done for the still life challenge I started in the Still Life public forums as an 'Inspired by...' challenge. A good artist friend of mine Mary Beth Thorngren turned me to Janet Fish when she saw my love for still life's and painting reflective surfaces and glass. I bought Janet Fish's book and was in awe! I love her work. I did not copy the composition of any of her paintings. I put together this still life after drooling over her book and getting inspired!! Janet Fish's earlier works were contemporary in style. Her paintings often large and painted in bright colors. Her later works she introduced in backgrounds as seen thru a window etc. I thought I'd change up my typical Polish pottery still life and include in a background view with reflections of my chair seen in the glass. I added in some glass with my pottery as Janet Fish painted glass so beautifully. For more on Janet Fish: http://www.artnet.com/artist/6229/janet-fish.html
Heather Sims, Black Forest, Colorado Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement Heather Sims is a self taught artist, who grew up surrounded by art. Several of her relatives on her mother's side of the family are artists dating back to distant relative Paul Howard Manship, a famous sculptor. Heather grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana then moved to Ohio. There, she obtained a degree in accounting at Wright State University and met her husband. He was active duty Air Force and together they had to opportunity to live in California, Colorado, Germany and back to Colorado.
While living in Germany, Heather had the opportunity to travel to Italy, France, Belgium and many times to Boleslaweic, Poland to collect the Polish pottery. While she lived in Germany she began setting up Polish pottery still lifes and painting them. This turned into a series of her award winning Polish Pottery Still Life Series. Heather recently finished number 96 in the series with many more to come.
Polish pottery is hand-painted in Poland and it's unique beauty makes for a great subject in any still life. The unifying blue in the pottery pulls it together and makes for a wonderful subject in setting up still lifes. These still lifes are not boring but very energized.
Internationally collected, her paintings are held in private collections in Germany, England, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and throughout the U.S.