Carol Heiman-greene

La­guna Beach award win­ner

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Artist Carol Heiman-greene grew up in the sub­urbs of Los An­ge­les, but al­ways loved wildlife. As a child she watched Mu­tual of Omaha’s Wild King­dom and looked for­ward to va­ca­tions in the Sier­ras and some­times Lassen Park. In col­lege she stud­ied il­lus­tra­tion, but af­ter earn­ing her bach­e­lor’s de­gree and find­ing that il­lus­tra­tion art was be­ing taken over by com­put­ers she shifted her gear to­ward fine art.

“I made the de­ci­sion to go into fine art wildlife and paint what I love most,” she says. “I have found my back­ground in il­lus­tra­tion to be very ben­e­fi­cial to my works in terms of com­po­si­tion, color and sto­ry­telling. I con­tinue to push my­self in terms of tech­nique and have a lot of fun.”

The big­gest dif­fer­ence that Heiman-greene has found in her fine art paint­ings ver­sus her il­lus­tra­tions is that she doesn’t have to be as ide­al­ized. Rather, she can paint the an­i­mals “in all their im­per­fect per­fec­tion,” she ex­plains. “A mustang stal­lion’s scars tell the story of his life as does his tan­gled mane.”

Heiman-greene works from her own ref­er­ence pho­to­graphs and has found it thrilling to be out in na­ture and cap­tur­ing the beauty and glory of her sub­jects. “I do en­joy draw­ing in the field, but paint­ing in the field is prob­lem­atic due to a con­di­tion that has left me with retina dam­age in my left eye,” the artist shares. “So, I take ev­ery­thing back to the stu­dio to see what my next paint­ing will be. It is very im­por­tant to me that I cap­ture the char­ac­ter and spirit of my sub­jects, bring­ing them to life so that my col­lec­tors feel that per­haps they were out in na­ture with me.”

In re­gards to her tech­nique, Heiman­greene re­lies on clas­si­cal tech­niques while el­e­vat­ing the work to today’s con­tem­po­rary world. She even calls her style “Old Masters with a New Twist.”

She ex­plains, “I paint in oil us­ing the tra­di­tional lean to fat tech­nique, lay­er­ing to cre­ate depth and di­men­sion. The fo­cal area of the paint­ing will have the thick­ets and rich­est ap­pli­ca­tion of paint to draw the viewer in. I like to think of how Rem­brandt would use cer­tain de­tails to high­light…it is cer­tainly some­thing to as­pire to. My new twist is de­pict­ing the wildlife por­trai­ture of North Amer­ica, hop­ing to in­spire con­ser­va­tion of our nat­u­ral won­ders.”

Bring on the Night, oil on Clay­board, 24 x 18”

Kickin’ Up Dust, oil on Clay­board, 16 x 16”

An­swer­ing the Chal­lenge, oil on Clay­board, 12 x 9”

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