Heather Arenas

by Sarah Judson April 19, 2013

Heather Arenas, shown here painting plein air at the zoo, has been painting her whole life, but originally her goal was to become an orthopedic surgeon. She changed her mind when it became clear that she would never be able to continue painting if she followed that career path. "When I left school, I tried many different careers including veterinary technician, database architect and alpaca rancher and continued drawing and painting tributes to my experiences. Ultimately it didn't matter what I did to pay the bills, I still found time to paint. Although I have painted many different subjects, I particularly love figure painting. Anatomy is still my favorite subject." In addition to figures, she also paints still lifes, animals and landscapes. One of her goals is to say more with a painting than can be said with a photograph, and she accomplishes this by using bright colors, interesting brush strokes, uncommon compositions and strong contrast. "To reveal the beauty and drama found in everyday scenes, I paint many different subjects from life. My works are fresh and full of colors that I see that may not be seen by the typical viewer." Her blog has not just images of her paintings, but also her thoughts and experiences, as well as guest posts and news about her line of high-quality frames.



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