Heather Metcalf was initially trained in Australia in the graphic arts and worked professionally in that field in Australia, New Zealand and London. Later, on taking up residence in France, she returned to fine art studies and completed the four-year Diplome en Peinture at L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg. During her years overseas, her work was exhibited at
- Musee d’Art Moderne in Strasbourg
- Palais de la Musique et Congres in Strasbourg
- Qantas Gallery in London.
As an artist, Heather is concerned with the visual complexity of Nature and its dynamic interaction of form and color. Each painting or drawing is a direct response to the visual stimuli of Nature’s shapes and patterns. Color is an important element within her paintings and integral to each work is its linear underpinning, which gives the abstraction of the piece an underlying figurative basis. Images are created through successive layers of transparent, luminous color.
Heather’s latest collage series is titled “INDI” which is an Australian Aboriginal word for “belonging to the distant past”. Her collages are made from remnants of hand-made paper, old lithographs, cards, prints and drawings. Each work is a composition of memories.
Since relocating to California, Heather has exhibited in several Bay Area galleries including Gallery Sam in Berkeley and Moraga Art Gallery in Moraga as well as InArt Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recent solo exhibitions include Hall Wines in St. Helena.