In Oakland

Oil on canvas  

22″ x 34″

Signature: on the back

Retail Value: $1,700

Minimum Bid: $575




Heidi McDowell was born and raised in south Texas, and she currently lives in San Francisco. Her paintings focus on the landscapes from her travels, and are informed by her background in architecture and love of digital photography, nature, and oil paint.  Rooted in the tradition of landscape painting, Heidi’s work explores our contemporary relationship to the natural world as it is shaped by digital media and car culture. Heidi believes that technology gives us the ability to swiftly collect seemingly endless amounts of data with little incentive to edit. What we trade for this ease is any sense of deep understanding or memory.

Using the visual language of digital source material (lens flare, odd colors, fringing, dust on the sensor) as a familiar reference point, Heidi paints scenes plucked from the vast stream of quickly captured images. By combining highly specific photorealistic imagery with the relatively imprecise and unpredictable qualities of oil paint, Heidi intends to return a sense of weight and permanence to the moments we have overlooked and lost. Heidi believes if we can become more grounded in the present, we will have the ability to make a stronger connection to our changing environment.

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