Stepping in front of a landscape by Heidi McDowell is the beginning of an exploration. While the subject of many classical landscape paintings is the destination of a grand vista or epic landmark, Heidi McDowell’s work focuses on the discovery inherent in the journey itself and the unheralded wonders that can be seen along the way.
Heidi McDowell blends the detailed realism of photography with the more interpretive and thus emotive movements of her graphite sketches. The give and take between these modes of seeing enhance one another. The tactile nature of her stunning realism draws the eye in wonder while the areas of looser movement create atmosphere and mood that add a sensation of life and living things.