Painting is a meditation of the mind and soul. When landscapes, portraits, florals and animals come to live with my brush-stroke, the heart rejoices. My mood often informs my art – a gloomy Sunday afternoon may lead my hand to contemplate bold and vibrant light-filled impressions. My paintings are a moment in time, a capture of feelings and thoughts and a reflection of life.
I want to express humanity, passion, and the wonderful facet's of our existence. I was born, raised and went to art school in the former Czechoslovakia, where I was encouraged to create art with the monochrome hues popular in socialist murals. Memories of the drab and gray tones of those years light my imagination and creativity on fire when I paint today: bright, strong colors, the interplay of light and shadows, and finally an unlimited palette, as diverse as our lives.
Heda lives by the belief that painting is like meditation for the heart and soul: we lose ourselves in the things we love, and we find our innermost yearnings there as well. Heda graduated from the competitive Industrial School for Art Design in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, one of an elite group of 30 students in the country that year, to complete the program. Socialism requires students to work immediately upon graduation, so Heda landed a job as a graphic design artist applying her foundation skills to art in everyday living. She hand-designed wallpaper motifs, labels, vignettes, wedding invitations, and packaging for mass production, and delighted to see her creations on store shelves in her town.
Always seeking life fulfillment, but without family or friends, Heda immigrated to the United States in 1995 and set about learning English. In 2004, while working full-time as a caretaker for the elderly in the private sector, Heda earned a certificate in print media and prepress and began drawing portraits, focusing on the spirit and personality of each person. In 2008, under the supervision of local artist Paul Cassale, she immersed herself in working with oil paint media. She has studied the application of still life under Patty Nebbeling, and currently is attending Ridgewood Art Institute, expanding her abilities under Murray Smith and Rick Perez. Heda works primarily with pencil and oils, and continues to learn naturalism in oil. Her subject matter is varied and includes landscapes, portraits, florals and animals. She reflects humanity and passion in her work, with a goal of capturing rich, rewarding and flamboyant colors. In this way, she is able to display her creative imagination through innovative expression, and is growing continuously as an artist. Every person has a different opinion of what is beautiful and likeable, and what is not. Come! Take a look for yourself – and see how she’s doing!
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