by Heather L. Crowley
2016: First Place Watercolors,"Western Dharma", 63rd Annual Greeley Park Art Festival, Nashua, NH
2015:Best in Theme, "See the Sky", 35th Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Art Exhibit, Hollis, NH
2014: Best in Show, "Winter Wolf", 34th Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Art Show, Hollis, N
First Place, "See the Sky", 48th Annual Art in the Park, Manchester, NH
Second Place in Watercolors, "See the Sky", 61st Annual Greely Park Art Show, Nashua, NH
2013: Best in Theme, "Give Us Wings", 33rd Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Art Show, Hollis, NH
First Place in Painting category, "Elemental Journey", Art on the Common, Londonderry, NH
Second Place in Watercolors, "Elemental Journey", 60th Annual Greeley Park Art Show, Nashua, NH
Third Place in Watercolors, Beacon Hill Art Walk, Boston, MA
2012:Artists of the Seacoast Calendar, "A New Beginning", Month of November
2011: Best in Show, "Think Orange Metta", Best in Show, Art in the Park, Manchester, NH
2010: Best in Theme, "Tiger Swallowtail in Phlox", 30th Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Art Show, Hollis, NH
First Place in Watercolors, "A New Beginning", Art in the Park, Manchester, NH
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
Art has always been an integral part of my life even though I am not formally educated in fine arts with the exception of a few introductory art courses in college. As a child I was surrounded by an environment enriched with the arts. My childhood was spent amidst easels, paint brushes and turpentine while my mother taught art classes for drawing and multiple other media out of my childhood home. You could say I lived and breathed art as a young girl and that as a result painting and drawing feels somewhat second nature to me.
Instead of art, I pursued a career in medicine and chose pathology as my specialty. I realize now that was probably in large part due to the beautiful visual world under the microscope that I would get to experience on a daily basis. After a growing sense of living an unfulfilled life, in 2009 I left the private practice I had been in for six years to pursue a part time position elsewhere which would provide more space in my life to explore my creative path. I’m rediscovering a part of myself that I’d put on hold for a long period.
So far, I’ve found that the process instead of the final product has been a way to reach a meditative, peaceful state. I find inspiration in my gardens, nature and my imagination. Through my brush I attempt to explore the natural and mystical world and to capture the spirit of the subject I am painting. I believe the only way to truly know nature and in turn ourselves is to study it, contemplate it, explore each exquisite detail and only then finally, truly recognize it. This I attempt through my art.
I’d like the viewer to smell the bee balm, feel the winter wind on their skin and see the butterfly fly right off the page. Our modern lives have become so overfilled with technology and multitasking that we seem to take for granted the beauty that is all around us. I hope these images will help to remind us and reawaken us to that beauty.
Featured Artist, 37th Annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Art Exhibit, September 2017
Exeter Hospital Solo Exhibit, 2014
New England Watercolor Society Regional Regional Juried Exhibition, Plymouth, MA, 2013
New England Watercolor Society 13th Biennial North American Open Show, Attleboro, MA, 2012
Annual Dunfey Memorial Show, NH Art Association Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2008, 2011, 2012 (Juried)
Anna Jacques Hospital Solo Exhibit, Newburyport, MA, 2011
The Art of Pathology, San Antonio, TX, 2011 (Juried)
Seacoast Artists Association Gallery, Exeter, NH 2009 - 2011
East Kingston Library Solo Exhibit, East Kingston, NH, 2010
Exeter Center for Creative Arts 4th Annual Juried Fine Art Show, Exeter, NH, 2010 (Juried)
Holiday Small Works Show, One Washington Center, Dover, NH 2008 (Juried)