contemporary art

Summer Studio Update: Re-adjusting my navigation system

Sometimes, getting a little new data from the outside world a can help to re-adjust your navigation system.

This Spring, I took a very beneficial course that set me on a fresh path. I now see my work is heading into new territory, and I’m thrilled.

The wonderful 12 week course is called the Art2Life Creative Visionary Program, with California artist Nicholas Wilton. It's a painting course that didn’t teach what, or how to paint. Instead, it focused on what makes strong work - the kind that will draw you across a large room in order to see it more closely. 

Mainly, it targeted the elements that prove to be powerful in art....value relationships, design- or the way your eye moves through a piece- and the importance of having differences. 

Prior to the course, I’d been working primarily in collage and fiber. Ultimately, I felt that without being comfortable with direct painting, I would be holding myself back somehow. 

As a lifelong learner, I firmly believe in the power of injecting new information into my environment and thinking. The program helped to push my work forward, adjusted my course, and established a new groove in my skill set.

Here are 6 new 12"x 12" pieces I just finished.

For me they are seeds, forecasting what’s to come.

Above/Below: Winter solo exhibit at North Valley Hospital

Contemporary art exploring the territory above and below the surface of life


I had the great pleasure of exhibiting a selection of my 2017 work at North Valley Hospital this Winter. 

The exhibit consisted of 6 collages (incorporating fabric, thread, paint, graphite, and ink) and 6 charcoal and gouache paintings on paper. 

The work explores the idea that we are made up of layers of experience that drive our beliefs and actions.

Similar to the strata of the Earth, I believe we are made up of layers. Although they exist below the surface they influence how we view the world, ourselves and each other. This work explores the idea that our emotional, physical, and psychological experiences shape us and that they unite us in being human.
— Heidi Marie Faessel

I loved having the opportunity to share my work in a healing environment, such as the hospital. It seems that each of us could benefit from some healing. Just being human, we suffer - navigating life with a myriad of feelings, emotions, and perceptions.

Our local paper, the Whitefish Pilot, ran an article about the exhibit.