Heather Neill

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Heather Neill

"The many detours in my journey have provided rich fodder for my artwork.  In the three plus decades from Connecticut College in 1980, I have gone from managing one of the busiest custom frame shops in the country in the heart of Havard Square, to being a traditional chairmaker living and woodwooking in the old general store at Muddy Creek Forks, PA, with countless jobs in between... and come to rest, for now, in a log cabin along the little Conewago Creek.  As of 2001 I now paint full time and divide my time between my Pennsylvania studio and the open studio on the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA."

 

"By the time I decided to give painting my full efforts I was well into my early forties.  My partner of over twenty years is a hospice nurse and living with her has taught me that life is short and far too precious to be doing something less than meaningful work.  I work happily and gratefully full time, all day, every day, taking not one minute for granted."

 

"In describing my work, some have used the term narrative.  I guess that fits.  Like a short story, when viewing the paintings one can be both reader and voyeur.  An invitation at first glance offers layers of ever deepening detail; come closer and explore.  Just as the characters are revealed and the interior brought into focus, a shadow falls in the wake of someone who has moved through a room, or a mysterious light glows within a vessel.  It pauses your glance... and you are full of new questions."