Heather Keenan

About the artist

Heather received a Diploma in Art and Design at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Her artwork is in collections throughout the United States and Canada, and on the covers of over 20 books and publications. She received a BC Arts Council award, won Best in Show at Sooke Fine Arts and the Winsor & Newton North American Artist’s Competition. She is in the collections of the University of Victoria, Manitou Foundation, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital as well as The Canada Council and British Columbia Art Banks.

Upcoming and Current Shows

 Currently showing at:

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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