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Opening Reception NJ Emerging Artists Series presents: Heather Lynn Gibson

Date(s) - 07/13/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monmouth Museum Nilson Gallery

NJ Emerging Artists Series

New Jersey Emerging Artists Series
Heather Lynn Gibson: Moments
Oil Paintings

Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Gallery Talk: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
The Opening Reception and Gallery Talk is FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Admission: $8

I paint scenes of moments. The moment may be from a faraway place that I visited, like Paris, or the moment may be something ordinary that I didn’t expect to catch my attention like a pile of stuffed animals in the Philadelphia Museum of Art gift shop. No matter where the locale of the scene, my goal is to convey what internally urged me to paint it, what I actually saw and within that moment conveyed on canvas, I want my art to tell a story.

I am a representational artist, with an impressionistic edge, who works with oil paints. I paint in the direct-method of wet on wet (alla prima), which keeps my final art looking fresh. Accurate drawing is my strong-suit and is foremost for all of my underlying structure. Once the drawing is correct, I have the freedom to apply my paint with expression. By choosing unique subject matter, an unexpected point-of-view, or bold placement of elements on my canvas, I add an inventive twist to each of my paintings. Bright, complimentary colors of my under-painting pop throughout the final artwork, which compete and vibrate with the colors of the top layers of paint creating excitement and the illusion of motion and/or a moment which is frozen in time. My brushwork is always purposeful. While mostly opaque, occasionally I skip along the surface to highlight the texture of the canvas while the ragged strokes I freely place near the boundaries of my artwork offer the viewer hints into my technique and process.

To me, if a painting doesn’t create intrigue — it’s a failure. Therefore, I strive to arouse curiosity and convey beauty not only in subject matter that is naturally considered appealing but also in those scenes or objects that some may consider mundane — in my opinion, that is when I have achieved true artistry.