Description The 21st in my Polish Pottery series. I cut these branches from my backyard because I loved the reds,pinks and oranges coming from the branches. I didn't know what the tree was called untill I asked all my art friends at EBSQ and Olga found what this tree was called. Thanks Olga!! The tree is the European Spindle tree and those beautiful orange berries popping out are actually poisonous. Good to know! I put these branches in one of my very favorite unikat Polish Pottery pattern by Zacklady.. I bought this vase in Poland on one of my trips there and its my favorite pattern. The pattern has been nick named Fall moon but the pattern number is Unikat Art 117. A beautiful pattern!! More in the series to come.. so please check back as I paint up a storm!!
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.