Heather Menzies

Afternoon Wine, 2021

61 × 46 cm
Heather is an artist who paints realistic landscapes in oils. She has a career history that includes graphic design, architectural drafting and illustration. These skills bring a unique vision to her art practice. It is through the visual lens of this professional background that Heather perceives the moments in the landscape that she then chooses to paint.

These paintings are glimpses of fleeting moments in the landscape. They can feel familiar, like an old memory or a vista you passed many times. Each composition is a combination of sharp-edged and indistinct details painted slowly, building the image with light and texture until the hard and soft aspects of the landscape bind together in subtle harmony.

From the artist:
I walk my neighbourhood, I walk where ever I am, always looking for the unity of elements where the light, clouds or time of day set a perfect scene. When I find one of these moments, I ‘freeze’ that image in my mind’s eye then pick up my paint brush trying to capture it in oil.
Newport-based artist Heather Menzies took time off work to pursue her art and discovered oil painting with a slow burn after attending a NAS short course. Heather has exhibited in the local area and her work has been selected for various prizes including The Warringah Art Prize, Kirribilli Art Show and The Northern Beaches Art Prize. Heather is influenced by Eugene Von Guerard, painting in the romantic tradition of the sublime and Jeffery Smart and his modern interpretation of the landscape. Exhibitions 2018 Mixed Palette Group Art Show, Avalon Community Centre, Avalon Beach, NSW 2016 “ONE”, my first solo show, Private Venue, Newport Beach, NSW Awards 2017 Finalist in The Northern Beaches Art Prize, NSW 2016 Finalist in the Kirribilli Neighborhood 40th Anniversary Art Show, NSW 2015 Finalist in The Warringah Art Prize, NSW Commissions 2021 ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, Hesket, Victoria (private collector) 2020 ‘You are my guiding light’, Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, NSW (private collector) 2019 ‘Bradleys Point’ Seaforth, NSW (private collector) 2018 ‘Kanimbla winter pasture’ Kanimbla, NSW (private collector) 2016 ‘Looking South’ Palm Beach, NSW (private collector) Tertiary and Professional Qualifications 2019 National Art School : Short Course , Oil painting with Colour and Light 2014/2015 Private Oil Painting Lessons with Kirtsy Neilson 2014 National Art School : Short Course, Painting with Oils 1991 Randwick TAFE : Graphic Design Diploma 1988 Sydney TAFE : Architectural Drafting & Illustration Diploma

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