Description This is my rip of Muriel Areno. I was inspired by Muriel's 'National Geographic' still life painting. I loved seeing the distortions of the words on the magazines from the water in the glass. My first thoughts in setting up this still life were to do a very similar set up, but I didn't have such pretty magazines. :D. I decided instead of setting up with magazines that I'd paint the water glass set in front of a wine bottle and liked how I could see the label of the bottle showing through the water glass.The flowers were picked from outside. Ok, I started this still life inspired by Muriel this summer, so my entry now is for the 'Better Late than Never Show'. :).This painting was so fun and challenging to paint! I look forward to sending this to Muriel! Thanks Muriel for partnering with me!Enjoy! :)
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 65 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.
In the sink still lifes you can feel the movement of the water through the painting. The Polish pottery paintings stand out and are not a typical 'still life'. There is much more life in this series. While the Polish Pottery still life series is her signature series, Heather also enjoys painting pet portraits and trying new things such as, portraits, landscapes, florals and abstracts.
Internationally collected, her paintings are held in private collections in Germany, England, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and throughout the U.S. Enjoy! www.heathersims.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org