Theresa Marie Heinrich

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Visionary artist Theresa Marie Heinrich, paints as an expression of freedom and for the sheer fun of it. Richly textured works that defy categorization convey Heinrich’s love of travel and fashion with tropical, exotic energy. “Every stage of the art for me is beautiful, complete, incredible,” she says. “I’ve been practicing the art of surrender, following it where it tells me to go.”

Having worked with wax and design elements in her candle business, Heinrich naturally gravitated toward encaustic painting and three-dimensional assemblages. Her avant-garde acrylics on canvas incorporate everything from natural leaf forms, feathers and butterfly wings together. Her inspiration and imagination transform her materials – no matter how fantastic or mundane – into works of beauty.

Originally from Lake Tahoe, Heinrich committed herself in earlier years to professional snowboarding and running a successful candle manufacturing business. She emerged from her experiences determined to find a life that could feed her need to express the freedom, power and beauty she felt within herself.

Heinrich’s artistic awakening followed the death of her mother in 2001 at age 49, when Heinrich was 25. Realizing her financially successful life as a business woman left her fundamentally unfulfilled, Heinrich turned to art in her search for meaning. “For me,” she says, “painting makes me feel beautiful. It helps me connect with everything and makes me love my life.” Since 2004 she has focused her innate artistic abilities on full-time work in her studio. In 2006, the birth of her daughter Lilith added a new dimension to her life and art.

Heinrich prefers to work on a large scale with her pieces averaging a minimum of 72 inches by 90 inches. She typically unrolls canvas in her studio to cover the floor and walls so that she can work with her whole body to express the energy of the piece. The result is work that envelops her audience, wrapping the viewer in a total emotional environment.

Heinrich also considers the human body a canvas. She sees one form of her work being wearable art. “Sometimes I take my art and fold it around my body,” she says. Her passion for fashion meets her art where it can be interpreted as adornment, as well as the fashion patterns and materials that find their place on her canvas.

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