Heather Keenan

“It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur.” Wallace Stevens

“The physical act of making art is a conversation between you and your materials. It’s a simple equation; make work that talks back to you, and then listen to what it says”. The View from the Studio by Ted Orland

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince

“The artist feels like a gambler. He does something on the canvas and takes a chance in the hope that something important will be revealed.” William Baziotes

Upcoming and Current Shows

  Currently showing at:

Fairfield Artists Studio Tour  May 28 and 29, 2022
Art Gallery of Great Victoria, Art Rental
Cafe Brio – 944 Fort Street, Victoria, BC


Portfolio of work

I use oil pigment sticks as a painting and a drawing medium, working on rag paper, canvas or wood cradle, in many different sizes, from 3 x 5 inches to 5 x 8 feet. The oilsticks contain pure vegetable waxes, linseed oil and pure pigments. I work automatically, laying down the paint in layers, using rags and scrapers to rub areas out as well as using watercolour pencils for the lines. Many images appear as I’m working on a piece, but usually one image sticks midway in the process and this is what I work on for the finished image.


We don’t know if they actually belong in this dimension of the visible world, or if they are the ghosts of the legions of travelers who have passed on and through such ephemeral spaces over time. All we can be sure of is the affinities with the light that surrounds them, which is a tactile presence in all of Keenan’s paintings in the ‘Station’ series.
- Yvonne Owens

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