Celeste J. Heery: In the Moment
Heery begins a new painting with brush strokes of color that call to her, then follows the direction that the painting dictates. She prefers not to approach the canvas with preconceived ideas, instead letting her mind go silent so that the painting takes over. The most important thing for her is to focus on the process and not the result. Most of all, she tries to just let go.
Celeste J. Heery was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and was raised in Virginia. Her love of art began in her freshman year at college, moved by Salvador Dali’s “Sleep.” She began painting in 2008 when she was living on a mountain in Asheville, North Carolina. She was suffering from a serious depression at the time – Heery has bipolar disorder – and a trip to the gallery of her now favorite artist brought color into her life and gave her the compulsion to create. Creating art gives her mind the opportunity to be quiet, focusing on each moment as it arrives. Art allows her to be fully present, cherishing every second.
“As a person who struggles with mental illness, I can often have a very busy, worried brain,” Heery explains. “The gift of art, for me, is that when I am creating, the cares of the world are left behind and I am able to be present and in the moment. Life passes by so quickly; I want to cherish every second.”
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