Inspired by nature, I layer my work with lyricism and abstraction. Color and actions describing natural phenomenon are put down as just paint and somehow something magical happens along the mark making and layering process. As I embrace the unexpected — lines, shapes, textures, scraped paint, inspired by the environment coalesce as a life force in my work.
Close ups of botanical specimens as well as expansive landscape engage me, including subject matter as diverse as Himalayan prayer flags and Connecticut gardens. Playing with viscosity, flat areas contrasting shiny, vibrant color singing against adjacent hues, textures and meandering lines, I uncover patterns and detail, transforming it into something else.
Among the artists that make me look and look again are Dana Schutz, Carrie Moyer, Neal Welliver and Lois Dodd.
Heide Follin is an abstract contemporary painter. She is a graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum, studied at Parsons School of Design, Silvermine School of Art and Greenwich Art Society. She has been exhibiting and selling work since 2008, has won many awards including Best in Show, has had three solo shows and been in many group shows. Her studio is at WALA, 225 Wilson Avenue Loft Artists in South Norwalk.