Heidi Mullender

I loved art as a young child and drew and painted for fun during my teens.

Art only became a serious part time venture after discovering a new found love for capturing what I see after a few lessons from a family friend in 2011. A friend of my Mother was diagnosed with macular degeneration and knowing that her sight was under threat I asked for her to show me how to paint like she did. After 6 lessons at her home in Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia, I was hooked. She had passed on some of what she had learnt from David Moore, a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters and I have never seen the world the same since.

After learning the basics of Tonal Impressionist painting, I began to experiment at home with still life, painting every day items in my home or from the local markets. Fruit and vegetables captured my interest initially, as well as the simple beauty of how light interacts with glass and pottery.

My tutor had said I would learn lessons hard and fast if I painted outside from life. With these words in my head, I then discovered the challenge and joy of painting 'plein air,' a french term for painting outdoors; in the moment to capture the essence of what is observed. Moving light, bugs, wind, rain, hunger, potential sunburn and the distraction of good company and conversation are all aspects that make this type of painting a challenge but where lots of learning occurs!

I have painted alongside local WA plein air artists and try capture the features of scenes close to home firstly in the Swan Valley region of Western Australia and now in the South West of Western Australia.

All of my work features a focus on tone and form to capture the beauty of everyday objects and scenes. The way light affects a subject is what draws me to my subject and is what I hope to capture. My style is versatile and depends on the tools that I use at the time depending on how I feel and what will capture the idea I have brewing. Some paintings are created only with a palette knife, sometimes brushes and sometimes fingers!

I continue to revel in how light produces the most beautiful colours and dances over objects. I run workshops with the simple aim of allowing others to fall in love with looking at the world differently as I did - to really SEE. And to capture what they see with no artistic leaning or prior experience necessary.

My work features in homes and businesses in Australia, the US and England and I intend to spend years capturing the endless beauty of the South West region that I now call home.

Happs Estate Gallery, 575 Commonage Rd, Quindalup


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