Heather Gottfried (formerly Glendening) is a practicing artist, specializing in acrylic mixed media abstract art. She maintains her studio in Olathe, KS, where she resides with her husband and two cats. In addition to her studio work, she is also an avid world traveler, movie aficionado and nature buff. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Studio Art from the University of Central Missouri.
To me, art is a synthesis of my personal feelings, mood, the subject or colors that inspire me and my materials and techniques. My process is simple. First, an image will enter my mind. It will dominate my thoughts and haunt me until I release it on to the canvas. I paint because I must – I do not have a choice. I start by combining layers of acrylic and pumice – they are applied, scraped off, reapplied, then covered with acrylic washes.
The color fields interplay with each other, attempting to find common ground resulting in complex and interesting edges and shapes. The process continues until a solution is found, always applying and mixing paint directly on the canvas, scraping away layers to reveal the ghostly characters of the previous.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Gottfried’s paintings are often made up of bold, rich color fields and shapes and are always abstract. Gottfried paints primarily in acrylic and likes to work the canvas on the studio floor, lifting, turning or tilting the canvas to reach all the work areas, creating layers and textures that challenge the way her body connects to the surface.
She stirs paint directly onto the canvas and often does not use brushes, preferring the feeling of paint on her hands. One customer at Apex Art Space, 2013, describes Gottfried’s work, “There’s something about Heather Gottfried’s art that won’t let you relax completely. A bit of rough and messy imagery combined with rich colors… I just can’t stop looking at it. It draws me in again and again.”
For some years now I have adopted a philosophy of "less is more". I describe my works by saying, "It is often more important what you take out of an image than what you leave in." I like to explore the beauty of simple, small or ordinary subjects.
I am interested in the landscape that surrounds us, but is missed naturally by our eyes. I want viewers to look at my images and to understand the beauty that was there.
Although there may be many ways to synchronize with the rhythm of the universe, I have chosen to do it looking through a camera.
It is my belief that a successful artist never truly "captures" a moment but "releases" it to others. In my photos I seek to communicate my visual perception of a specific place in time. With my photos I try to capture a sufficient scale and fidelity so that the viewer can look into the print and experience with me that visual moment.
I feel that I am working now in the most prolific and creative period of my artistic life. My time is more within my control and I can take advantage of it to shoot whenever a good opportunity arises or to spend the extra time required to perfect an image working with Heather in the production studio.