Red Painting and Brushes

ARTIST STATEMENT

About Heidi West

There is an inextricable link between the people we become and the land we inhabit.  My work is about environmentalism.  I do not mean environmentalism in terms of natural resources or conservation, but in terms of the emotional, cognitive, and developmental relationships between self and surroundings. We place our unique mark on the spaces we inhabit and they in turn place their mark on us.  The characters that make up the cast of humanity are written on the land upon which we build and the spaces we decorate.

In our westernized, American society, it is easy to forget about the rituals and traditions that we inherit in cultural and physical lineage.  We believe that there is nothing special about the mundane warp and weft of our daily lives—and yet our unique settings are who we become.  No two people are alike and we each have something valuable to contribute to the circles in which we move.

I do not use photo reference in the creation of these works nor do I work much in plein air—my landscapes are the product of an inner vision, going deeper than mere observation.  Memory is the reference from which I draw these scenes and most of these landscapes are based on environments engrained in my psyche through continual connection to the site.  My intent is not to represent a site for its own merit, but to bring the viewer into an experiential understanding of the physical space as a part of my own personal history.  Just as memory and perception go beyond visual understanding, I hope to convey a sense of nostalgia or other mood through color, perspective, and treatment.

In recording my internal perceptions of my external world, I hope that I am adding my own voice to the human story. I know little about the range of ethnic cultures from which my blood originates, but the landscape of the Colorado Front Range is written on my skin and its red earth is under my nails.  I have only read about far off peoples and have been but a tourist in other cities, but the groves in the roads I travel daily bear my contribution to the communal carve.  It is easy to forget the significance of each small ritual, each small detail of my daily spaces, but I cannot forget that these small details, like the cracks in a sidewalk, are all a part of me.

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EXHIBTIONS

5th ANNUAL NO SHOW

BITFACTORY

INVITATIONAL

MOUNTAINS, VALLEYS, AND WATERFALLS

R GALLERY

JURIED

August, 2020

January/February 2021

 Boulder, CO

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW YOUNG GUNS POP UP SHOW

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW

December, 2018

 Denver, CO

KANON COLLECTIVE BIBELOT SHOW

KANON COLLECTIVE

December, 2018

 Denver, CO

RiNoMADE HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW

RiNoMADE STORE, ZEPELIN STATION

December, 2018

 Denver, CO

RiNoMADE HOLIDAY ARTS MARKET

BIGSBY'S FOLLY WINE BAR

November 2018

 Denver, CO

6th ANNUAL PARK HILL STUDIO TOUR

ART GARAGE

October 2018

Park Hill, Denver, CO

24th ANNUAL GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES SHOW

AURORA ARTISTS' GUILD, AURORA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

September 2018

Aurora, CO

UNTITLED SOLO SHOW

BLACK BLACK COFFEE

August 2018- October 2018

Denver, CO

A LITTLE PAINT AND A LITTLE PAPER

GLOBEVILLE RIVERFRONT ARTS CENTER

August 2018

Denver, CO

ONGOING MEMBER EXHIBITION
GALLERY 1505

January 2018- August 2018

Denver, CO

GRAND PETIT DEUX
CORE NEW ART SPACE

December 2016

Denver, CO
Juried group exhibition

ATTRACTED TO ABSTRACTS
40 WEST GALLERY

November 2016

Denver, CO
Juried group exhibition

ONGOING MEMBER EXHIBITION
DENVER ART SOCIETY

January 2012- July 2012

Denver, CO

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY SENIOR BFA EXHIBITION

FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF ART

December 2008 & May 2009

Fort Collins, CO
Senior Student Showcase

Denver, CO

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

THORNTON HIGH SCHOOL

9-12 PHOTOGRAPHY/DRAWING & PAINTING

Fall 2018- Present

Thornton High School

ADULT ACRYLIC PAINTING

DENVER PARKS & RECREATION

Summer 2019- Present

Denver, CO

ART STOP ON THE GO

BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Fall 2018

Denver, CO

HALLET ACADEMY

ECE 3- 5 ELEMENTARY ART

Fall 2017- Spring 2018

Denver, CO

PARIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

KINDERGARTENECE 3- 5 ELEMENTARY ART

Fall 2015- Spring 2017

Aurora, CO