Washington Gothic by Lucia Heffernan

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Lucia Heffernan

Washington Gothic

2018

76.2 x 60.96 cm | 30 x 24 in

oil

  • Haynes Galleries Award

My body of work is an expression and exploration of my lifelong fascination with animals. Though my paintings, I seek to give animals a voice and a personality, while making light of our uniquely human existence. By imagining what animals might do if put in human situations, I stage tableaus that shine a spotlight on both their innocence and raw instinct. This collision between animal and human sensibilities creates a whimsical, theatrical, and often humorous world that viewers can relate to on an emotional level.

A graphic designer by trade and an oil painter by design, I am continually experimenting with different styles of contemporary realism that balance my artistic sensibilities, technique, and unique sense of humor. As I evolve, what remains constant is my respect for the animals that inspire me, and my desire to bring a smile to the face of every viewer.