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Mazie Jones Gallery

Artist Statement

            Being awed and inspired by the natural environment has been a continuous thread throughout my life. It has the unrelenting qualities of rejuvenation and renewal necessary for survival. In my works, I want to evoke the emotion of a scene or idea through the colors, brush strokes, lines and infinitely broad palette suggested by the environment. I work primarily in oil on linen or birch board, cold wax & oil and encaustics.

About Cold Wax & Oil

Nature is my muse. I’m inspired by its unrelenting qualities of rejuvenation and renewal. In nature things change, evolve. Like a forest goes through an ecological succession, so do we as individuals evolved. This idea I want to translate through my art. Cold Wax & Oil lends itself perfectly in expressing this idea. It affords the opportunity to show a history of the painting by building up layers, obscuring what’s beneath and removing layers to reveal bits of past layers. It represents the history of a life that becomes the compilation of bits and pieces of the experiences we traveled.

Life Facts

I’ve always been involved in creating art. In my early years I painted and did faux painting. While in Peace Corps in the Philippines, I learned back strap and loom weaving. In my thirties I studied pottery then took a hiatus for 15 years while raising my two children. When they were in elementary school, I taught art part-time in their school as well as beginning a Nature Club that had children build a pond and garden site. I returned to art and began working full-time as a graphic designer and painting part-time. In 2006, I joined with 14 other artists in creating an artists owned & operated gallery, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, that is now in its eighth successful year. At that time I became a full-time artist.

My Process

My process for creating varies. Sometimes I think of an idea then begin sketching, researching and thinking of a concept and medium to best express the point. Other times I stand at the door in front of the blank canvas, take the key–the brush, and begin to take a journey along my inner landscape. These universal feelings and perceptions begin to spill out. As these images flow onto the canvas, my intuition and thoughts begin to interact. Many times the idea with which I begin evolves into quite a different experience.




paul heckert

Upstairs Gallery

Paul Heckert is a senior business student at Appalachian State. Paul grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina. Paul has travelled to Haiti several times for different reasons of the last few years and enjoys the documentation of the people who live there.





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