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Artist Statement

Animal Inspiration

Looking for beauty, feeling, surprise, and presence.

I learn by looking and watching.   I like to paint something that catches my eye or imagination.  I get ideas from what I see including landforms, landmarks. animals, people and scenes and I get ideas from what I would like to see.  Color  and fabric combinations as well as functional use are inspiration for making things.  I make quilts,  felt animals, and concrete sculpture with emphasis on dogs.   I also enjoy making oversized concrete pears.  I am currently immersing in art while pursuing a BFA from CSU Pueblo.  I have recently taken ceramics and printmaking.  

My aim is to create meaningful pieces that bring recognition to the viewer.  I hope I can pick a landmark that may be overlooked but may be in the back of the viewers mind and is recognized.  I like to capture a moment that displays a reminiscent animal trait or position.  I also want to express a feeling: peace, unconditional love, inner beauty, loyalty, trust, tenderness, sense of fun, or whimsey.  

I am Inspired by the lives and art of  Rosa Bonheur, Romare Bearden, Kaffe Fasset and Katharine Lane Weems.  

 
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Art Maker

Heidi's Cottage

 
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Profile

Experience

I enjoyed drawing and painting as a child.  
My mother taught me how to sew as a young child and I have made quilts for over 30 years.  I purchased a long-arm quilting machine and quilted professionally while living in Tillamook, Oregon.  I feel quilting has enhanced my color appreciation and design.  
I enrolled in art classes at TBCC taught by Christine Harrison.

I was invited to have a solo show (called Animal Magnetism) at Tillamook Pioneer Museum in 2008.  It included drawings, water colors, acrylic paintings, quilts and concrete animals.  Shortly after the show a community group participating with the Ford Family Foundation chose Christine Harrison and me as the artists for a public art project making 3 life-sized cows made out of a cement and organic material mixture.   The project took 2 years.  Christine and I worked with the Tillamook high school welding teacher (Max Sherman) and students to make the rebar armature.    Community members helped with the concrete.  Art students from the 3 high schools painted the cows.  One is a reclining cow that is a bench.  It is near the courthouse in  Tillamook.  The other two cows are standing: one is in front of a grange and one is next to a preschool. 

 
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Tillamook Cow Bench

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Welding with Mr. Sherman

Christine Harrison and I at the studio

Community participation

 

Media

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Paintings

Lambeau and Gabie

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Sculpture

ceramic and cement

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Quilt Art

Exploring design and color

 

Art

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Puppy on Couch

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Heel biter

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Quilted pillow

 
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Education and Skills

Heidi Clemens

Education
Pursuing BFA CSU Pueblo currently.
Art Classes at Tillamook Bay Community College. 
University of Colorado- BS Physical Therapy 1983
University of Colorado- BA Biology 1982

Skills:
Drawing, painting, quilting, ceramics and printmaking.  I like making things and fixing things.  My dad had said that I am handy.  I am good at finding things.  I have 33 years experience as a Physical Therapist.  

 
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Private Collections

Susan Adams

Carla and Gary Albright

Laura Clemens

Diane Colcord

Kathy Favret

Kelly Fletcher

Laurette Fletcher

Christine Harrison

 

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