Heather MacNeil - Visual Artist
acrylic paintings


Heather's Bio

Heather in Art Works Wonders StudioOriginally from Montreal, Heather moved to the West Coast in 1994 feeling drawn to its natural beauty. Prior to moving west, she lived in Toronto and overseas in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany where she was inspired by rich artistic environments. She moved from Vancouver in the fall of 2021, and now works out of her studio in Victoria, BC.


Heather has explored working in oils, watercolours, mixed media and acrylics with her paintings ranging from representational to abstract. Currently, she is focusing on abstract compositions using acrylics and experimenting with some mixed media. She often incorporates vibrant colours, bold brushwork and gestural marks in her work expressing a sense of freedom and spontaneity. In addition to a background in science and psychology, Heather has participated in many art classes and workshops over the years. She has always been drawn to the expressive and healing components of art and the creative process.


Heather has exhibited her artwork in many shows in Vancouver and Victoria. She has also participated in community art walks and studio tours. Her paintings are in private collections across Canada, in the U.S. and New Zealand. Heather is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), the FCA Victoria Chapter, and the Victoria Arts Council.



Artist Statement

Although my paintings are mostly abstract, I find inspiration in nature and the interplay of colours and shapes of objects in my environment. Through intention and spontaneity, my work expresses movement, and an energy of joy, harmony, and enthusiasm. I enjoy the feeling of freedom I experience as I tune in, create a dialogue with the painting, and connect with what is unfolding. The emphasis is on the process of exploration and discovery. In working through the layers, I engage with contrast, tension, ease and flow, letting go of old structures, shifting perceptions, and allowing new ideas and creative impulses to emerge.


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