Meet local artist Julia Heissig for an informal discussion about her exhibition "Painting is Discovery" from 10 Sept - 19 Oct 2022.
'I have always been interested in art and used to help my mother with her exhibitions. I did not start to paint until I retired from nursing. I began with lessons but now like to learn by experimentation, trial and error. I have attended various workshops and courses but like to learn by knowing as little as possible and finding out for myself.
I paint mainly on board in oils but experiment with different mediums on canvas, paper or anything if it works. I am very flexible in my style but am drawn toward being more impressionistic. I love colour and texture and my aim when creating a painting is to convey feeling and atmosphere by the use of colour and texture.
I am lucky enough to live near the sea and the New Forest both of which influence my painting. I like all things natural and am attracted to old doors and buildings, particularly where nature has taken over.
The paintings in this exhibition reflect my love of walks and simply being by the sea, watching the movement of the waves the colour changes, smelling the salt in the air. To experience walking amongst the trees in the forest and feeling and smelling the changing seasons I hope comes through in my paintings.
Future projects will include my experiences when trekking in the Himalayas and my love of France which will enable me to exploit my love of old doors and buildings together with exploring the vibrancy of colour and people.
I belong to Milford Art Group and one of my old doors won best in show in their annual exhibition last year 2021. I have also exhibited in St Barbe Museum Lymington, Forest Arts New Milton, Red House Museum Christchurch and one of my old doors were selected to be hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019. It was also shortlisted for an exhibition in the Mall Gallery.'
Artist Talk: Friday 30 Sept, 7pm-8.30pm
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