The Aim by Heather J. Martelock

The Aim by Heather J. Martelock

Co-winner of the Picasso (community members, post-docs, and principle investigators) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show.

My life has been filled with great positive and negative events’ all of which assist me to create paintings and drawings from these experiences’ and from the experiences of those closest to me. The use of oil paint in a figurative expressive style mixed with a touch of realism allows me to produce a visual diary of my life. My art pushes the interpretations of such experiences by its distortion of the tangible anatomical structure. These works show the expressiveness of oil paint and drawing materials within the Contemporary Canadian Art Field.

About The Artist

I have lived and travelled throughout Canada’s far Sub­Arctic and Arctic regions and Northern communities of Ontario and |Manitoba, finally settling in our country’s Capital. I have studied at the University of Ottawa earning first a Bachelor of Fine Arts where I honed my artistic skills and developed the insight and abilities to produce strong, tactile, and highly expressive oil paintings and drawings. Further studies were in an Honours Bachelor of Arts, (Religious Studies), and ultimately a Master of Arts (Religious Studies/Anthropology), specializing in Inuit and Dene Christian Artifacts and Architecture. All these studies give me the ability to incorporate elements from Egyptian, Aboriginal, Christian and Jewish studies into 2 dimensional emotionally packed Artworks. Today I extend myself to write and illustrate children s’ books and write articles on various aspects of my personal history. I am in the process of a biography of my eldest daughter who died in 1985 of a major cardiac condition. A television special entitled “Jennifer’s Legacy” was aired the year of her death; 1985; which emphasized the fact that we; my family; talked about living and dying on a regular healthy day­to­day basis. In 1997 I was finally diagnosed; after several false diagnosis; with Schizoid­affective disorder, and have adapted to living with the medication and continuous psychiatric visits necessary to a productive life. My family is the most important and vital part of my life and with their support and love I am creating through my Art the story of our lives.

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