Heather Barry

I am an expressionist-surreal artist and my paintings come from a deep place. I was asked how I come up with all of these different ideas for paintings and my reply is. When I was first struggling to find my identity as an artist, a fellow artist told me to paint what I see. Well...I take that to heart and when I paint I let the paint tell me what to paint. And I paint what I see, and feel. I start with a blank mind and pick my color palette my how I feel. "If I am not feeling it I can not see it, at which point it becomes forced and I usually paint over." Then I go on my journey and tell whatever the story is that I have locked up inside. I hope you enjoy the journey. I am new to artavita site so I will be uploading new paintings regularly.


Portfolio:

Time of Change

"Spring 2020" Painted by Heather Barry. This is an original acrylic painting 16"x20", on stretched canvas. I am an expressionist artist. I think the painting and the name kinda sum it up. But I will explain. A friend challenged me to try to paint anime style. Well, I channeled it. I am not an anime artist. But the end result was 100 percent me as an expressionist artist. I used many of my symbols that you see in much of my work, the hand, spheres, hour glass, faces, life and death. The faces are isolated, with so much confusion and emotion, in the spheres of the hourglass. The hand holding the hourglass represents the individuals lack of control. This image scary, but the Corona Virus is scary. I use the red and black to exacerbate to emotion and anger so many of us are feeling, and the gold metallic paint to show the separation of economic class and stock market with current events. But the hour glass is a symbol of time, and yes the time of the Corona Virus and Spring 2020 will run out. We will be changed forever, but change is not a bad thing. It is physical and emotional turn of events.

"Spring 2020" “"Spring 2020"”

"Spring 2020" Painted by Heather Barry. This is an original painting 16"x20", on stretched canvas. I am an expressionist -surreal artist. I think the painting and the name kinda sum it up. But I will explain a little. A friend challenged me to try to paint anime style. Well, I channeled it. I am not an anime artist. But the end result was 100 percent me as an expressionist. I used many of my symbols that you see in much of my work, the hand, spheres, hour glass, faces, life and death. The faces are trapped in isolation in the hourglass. They are full of emotion. The Spring 2020 is a time of change and change is scary for most of us. Therefore this painting is scary. It will affect us physically and emotionally. But just as the sand will run out of the hour glass, The Corona Virus will settle and we will adapt. Hopefully, the hand will not keep turning the hourglass over. I use the red and black to exacerbate to emotion and anger so many of us are feeling, and the gold metallic paint to show the growing separation of economic class and stock market with current events.

"Three Horizons" “"Three Horizons"”

"Three Horizons", Painted by Heather Barry. 24" x36" on stretched canvas. This is a painting of three people / pillars showing strength in the palm of a hand. This image can be interpreted as any art, in different ways. The hand might be a symbol of support to help reach dreams or it might be a sign of control that is keeping preventing the dreams. Depending on the viewer it might change from day to day. It does for me. But one message is clear... Don't let go and loose sight of the dreams you have. Our current chain of events is testing all of us and often we feel stuck and not able to proceed just as the face on the right is grounded to the earth. The hand reaching for it shows the struggle. The Three Horizon approach to reaching our goals is look our current state, anticipated state, and desired state. Focus on the horizon and not the struggle getting there. The struggle is the journey that makes the reward even more sweet. And isn't the journey what life is about. So look obstacles as road blocks which are opportunities to discover new roads. Example. The chain of Corona Virus events is what has led me here, and hopefully this might be part of a greater journey in my life.

"Kayos" “"Kayos"”

"Kayos" Painted by Heather Barry. "Kayos" can be interpreted a many ways. Yes, I know how to spell Chaos. The misspelling was intentional. I made the bull a matador and a little girl. It shows the conflict between the bullish strength, the one who wants to destroy it while smiling, and carefree girl reaching for the wisdom and strength of the elephant. Both are strong but the conflict is real and too often unrealized. Did you ever here; Work smarter not harder. Well...

"Transformation" “"Transformation"”

"Transformation" Painted by Heather Barry. 24"x 48" acrylic on stretched canvas. I painted "Transformation" during a week of lots of rain and we actually had flooding in San Jose Ca. This is really unheard of in this area. Anyhow. I really did not even put the current events together with what I was painting. I believe it was more sub-conscious. The symbolism can be taken literal like flooding, or more broadly as I was thinking. After any disaster comes a time of change and transformation. We see this everyday. I think of it when I am turning my soil in my garden, how I am creating a disaster for all the little critters. But, when I finish they will regroup and make new homes and my garden will have more flowers and the circle of life will be stronger. We are facing that now with the pandemic, and protests. All of this, no matter how painful, I believe is necessary. Painful but necessary. Life is about balance and change. We will get through this and be stronger and better. Maybe we were getting too complacent. We just needed our soil turned.