HEIDI THOMPSON


STATEMENT


What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter­ – a soothing calming influence on the mind rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”  – Henri Matisse

Inspired by Matisse’s artistic quest, I paint images that illuminate, soothe and vitalize the human spirit. I endeavor to capture moments of beauty – beauty around me; beauty within me. How do I express unseen, fleeting beauty within? Instead of painting trees, mountains, clouds and sunsets, I paint abstractions using nature’s visual elements - color, light, movement and space. My work may resemble a “natural” scene like a sunset, landscape, or rock patina; however the image is wholly abstract. What matters is the emotion it elicits. I want to evoke the feeling you get while walking through a deep wood, gazing at a glorious sunset or delighting in the sparkle of sunlight. I believe paintings can mirror our inner nature letting us to see and feel our mysterious, intangible world within.