Heather Arenas
Plein Air Artist

My grandmothers were both artists and my parents provided me with various art supplies growing up. I was taught to appreciate many forms of art. I have many favorite artists now and there are too many to name but living artists include Richard Schmidt, Tibor Nagy, Jeremy Mann, Kim English, and Dan McCaw. Deceased influences include John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaquin Sorolla.


My education includes a rigorous course of independent study reading many books on drawing and painting and taking workshops from respected artists such as Vadim Zanginian, Kim English, and Clayton Beck III. While earning a degree in biology with emphasis on anatomy in the early 1990's, I also studied art history and ceramics.

I work in oils and prefer figurative work but enjoy painting many different subjects.

One of my goals is to say more with a painting that can be said with a photograph. I want to help others see the beauty in everyday objects, places, and people as I see them.


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