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671 State Route 179, Ste. A1 & Ste. A2, Hillside Sedona
““Colors of Nature – Landscapes “, oil paintings by Greg Heil”
“Colors of Nature – Landscapes “, oil paintings by Greg Heil, opens with a public reception on Friday, June 3rd and continues through June 18th, at James Ratliff Gallery, Hillside Sedona, 671 State Route 179, Suites AST-1 & 2, Sedona, AZ. Heil will give a short talk at 6 P.M. during this reception.

Heil, popular and established landscape painter, is well known to residents of Sedona and visitors alike, both nationally and internationally. Jim Ratliff expands by saying “I’m very, very excited to present Greg Heil’s latest work. He’s an outstanding young artist who captures the spirit of glorious landscapes . His use of color and composition is unmatched.”

Greg sees the connection with nature as an important one for humanity but fears many may not have the ability to experience these places for various reasons. Some locations are so desolate and far from cities that good roads and maps are lacking. Artists throughout history have used paintings to depict places many had not seen. One such artist was Thomas Moran whose beautiful scenes of the Grand Canyon and other incredible natural wonders of America filled the hearts and minds of East coast residents and kick started the western expansion.

Heil passionately says, “Painting is a magical thing - it can transpose reality or fantasy into the medium of paint. Painting involves physical action unlike most of the modern digital world of screens and smart phones. Take your hand across a painting. It’s like a brail of reality permanently preserved onto canvas. This is why art is cherished, why an artist’s hand is valued, and why paintings are never to be taken for granted. In a world where images and media are disposable, paintings are held in high regard by being an expression of our time and a history lesson for all those that will come after us.”

“Color is emotion but it also tells us much about what a place is. Warm colors of red and orange, much like the rocks of the land, create the sense of warmth we instinctively relate to fire whereas the deep blues of the sky and greens of the plants are the cools we associate with water. This contrast of warmth and coolness creates the beauty by which we as humans are drawn to the landscapes”, explains Heil. Heil uses this dichotomy of color to create the illusion of a physical space where warm rocks and cool waters exist and can be felt by the viewer of his paintings. Color is also resonance and vibration – colors together can fight or get along. This is where color creates the relationships by which the dichotomy can exist in a state of unification – a completed painting.

In wrapping up his thoughts, Heil states, “The feeling is more important than the reality of what it is. The emotion is what humans impart onto our physical existence. Our association with the land cannot be experienced without the conduits of our minds. Everyone is unique and our visions are just as important as the physical reality we claim IS reality – but is it? This is the question artists spend all of eternity trying to answer.”

Greg Heil

Greg Heil

Greg Heil

Greg Heil

Greg Heil

Greg Heil has collectors around the world - all responding to his visions created within the borders of the canvas and depicting the amazing state of Arizona. Please visit James Ratliff Gallery to meet Greg Heil and enjoy these truly beautiful paintings for yourself!

Greg Heil


“The Glitter World of Navajo Artist David K. John”

James Ratliff Gallery, Hillside Sedona, unveils the latest artwork of Navajo artist David K. John on Friday, May 6th at a reception from 5-8 P.M. in an exhibition entitled Glitter World. Mr. John will attend. His new paintings provide a further glimpse into the sacred world of the Navajo.

First Snow

"Glitter Word" David K. John, 50" x 36"

First Snow

"Full Moon Village" David K. John, 16" x 20"

The Navajo legend of Earth’s evolution through time, which involves 4 worlds, is very important. According to John, “ We’re now living in the Fourth World which I like to call Glitter World.” David K. John comes to this idea by observing our world’s current dazzling array of electronic devices, games and gadgets and focused attention on entertainment, owning the “right” clothes, shoes, jewelry,  fast cars, and so much more.

A highly awarded and collected artist, David K. John’s artwork can be found in many homes throughout the US and Europe as well as the collections of museums including the Phoenix Heard Museum; Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, NM; Santa Fe Institute of American Indian Arts; Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis,IN; and the Red Cloud Museum in SD. James Ratliff Gallery invites you to come and meet Mr. John and enjoy a glass of wine and view the beautiful new paintings. The show will continue through the month of May.

First Snow

"First Snow" David K. John, 36" x 24"