Barbara Heile

Washington, Virginia, USA

“When the soul wants something to be known,
she throws out an image in front of her
and steps into it.”

This quote by Meister Eckhart was gifted to me recently by one of my sons. It has put my life of painting into perspective. In the past 40 years of painting, she has given me three such images in order to know myself. Woodlands, the trees and the spaces between them. The Kitchen, lit in the evening when the day’s work is done, and most recently, The Birch.

I saw these trees daily on the road between Salzburg and Freilassing, Germany. When I stopped to photograph them the image was made known to me.

The tree was held and supported by the landscape to each side. Nothing reflects my present consciousness more clearly than this image.

The tree is my body, the space holds this body, and we are gracefully becoming one and the same.The visual and visceral impact of this image can have a surprising effect on the viewer. The paintings are a mysterious mix of abstraction and representation.

I make this image in oil and watercolor and collage. I write about my experience of being a woman who paints, walks in the woods, and ponders and feels all of this life we are sharing and caring for on planet earth.

I am a mother of three home grown, home born amazing sons. I live in a beautiful part of the world, near the trees and mountains and fresh water.

Born – 1953
MFA in Painting, American University, Washington, DC – 1982
My original work can be seen in Studio 3 at River District Arts, Sperryville, VA

http://www.heileart.com

http://www.sistermotherbeloved.blogspot.com


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