Heather Sawtelle

I develop an image from drawings of nature and drawings of drawings to further highlight the shapes and structures of interest. I use these extended drawings as the basic outline for the painting then define the forms with paint.

Painting in oils, I use thick, thin, creamy and drippy paint to create a sensual surface generally in a subtle or graphic color pallet. I've recently become interested in fluid dynamics and water movement geographically. I'm quite taken with the principal of laminar flow, which occurs when a fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers. At low velocities, the fluid tends to flow without lateral mixing, and adjacent layers slide past one another like playing cards.

I have a BFA & BA from the University of Texas in Austin where I studied painting, printmaking and textiles.

To see my process follow me on Instagram and Facebook @heathersawtelle