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.”