Heidi Fowler

My paintings are inspired by photographs taken from the car window. I am intrigued by the tension between the beauty of creation and the priorities of man. These “Drive-by Still Lifes” depict this intersection.

My work stems from a deep appreciation and respect for nature. Within my paintings, I explore the juxtaposition of nature, man, and the divine. Because I am passionate about caring for and protecting our environment for future generations, I use eco-friendly art supplies as much as possible. I build my artwork with water-soluble oils and acrylics combined with recycled everyday objects like junk mail, work shirts, and phone book pages. I have also utilized tiny metal findings from my father’s and grandfather’s workshops. In addition, I integrate various other symbolic “found” elements such as language and sound.

My most recent work reflects a challenge I made to myself—further my exploration of mans’ relationship with the environment by portraying landscapes which used less and less paint and more re-used objects that would otherwise be thrown out. The use of recycled materials has allowed the community to be involved in this idea by collecting and donating various goods. I hope to inspire a greater consciousness and creativity towards what can be re-used and re-purposed. The artwork I create addresses concepts of consumerism, stewardship, and the paradox of independence/dependence within our societal landscape. Through the subject matter of my work, I invite the audience to contemplate our attitudes, priorities and responsibilities.

I feel compelled to paint these contemplative landscapes because they speak to me of the delicate balance we walk with nature, and with ourselves.