Art at the Airport: Artist Spotlight on Heidi Lee

Here at the airport we like to welcome our visitors with temporary exhibits by regional artists. This fall we are pleased to have a show by Ithacan Heidi Lee, and we are sharing our interview with her below. Next time you are flying Ithaca be sure to take some time to view our latest exhibit.

Heidi Lee - Art Exhibit at the Ithaca Airport

Interview with Heidi Lee: 

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I do acrylic abstract painting as well as multimedia collage. In the past I enjoyed making fabric weavings inside driftwood frames but they would take months to complete.

How did you decide to become an artist?

Painting began as a hobby and something I was invited to participate in along with my soul companion. I had not planned to become an artist but others saw this potential in me and really encouraged me to continue.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?

I am very new to the art scene so the only struggle I perceive right now is what to do with the paintings that are piling up around me, as I don’t yet have a studio for display. It is too enjoyable and therapeutic though to worry much about how to make a sale. I have had success selling art just by posting pictures of paintings on Facebook.

Who are some of the local artists you enjoy?

Elizabeth Gross Marks for her bold use of color and composition, Barbara Mink for her amazing mix of abstract with architectural lines, and I also enjoy the texture and warm colors used by Marian Van Soest.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I plan to continue my dialog with the Artist Within to see how it wishes to express itself. I believe this spirit moves through all artists and we just have to be open and allow it to move through us.

Untitle Painting by Heidi Lee

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