“We don’t see things as they are,
we see things as we are.” – Anaïs Nin
As a visual translator, Heather MacAskill explores movement through colour, line, and texture. Her two-dimensional work in various media is defined by the geography of Canada. Design has become an intuitive underlying structure and point of departure. She finds inspiration in typography, cartography, physics, astronomy, flora, fauna, Canadian history, and the interaction of light on water.
“U have to learn the rules
before U can break them.”
The study of landscape and design began in the medium of black and white photography, with her father’s influence and guidance in Ontario. Drawing en plein air and blind contour drawing has become a creative meditation. Heather MacAskill believes that the skill of drawing is essential to create a strong painting. She connects to Canada’s landscape through cross-country skiing, mountain biking, running, and hiking.
As a lover of letterforms, page design, paper, and colour systems, Heather MacAskill also has professional experience in advertising, print and website design, illustration, photography, and architecture.
Heather MacAskill has exhibited her visual art in solo and group exhibitions in SE BC since the 1990s, after a cross-Canada trip with her child. Her visual art is in private collections in Canada and the U.S.
visual artist : drawing · painting · digital photography
based in Nelson British Columbia since 1991
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