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Heidi Palmer has been painting New England landscapes and interiors for many years. Her work depicts quiet scenes in which the effects of various kinds of light are explored. Although people are not in her paintings, they are always about human experience and the desire for solitude and peace in the midst of a chaotic, crowded world. The result is a series of contemplative paintings, which provide the viewer with an opportunity to escape the rapid pace of much contemporary life. They are often about that dream place between the real and the surreal, the line between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. They attempt to evoke nostalgia for the past in such a way that an awareness of the present becomes more acute and, with it, ambivalence about the future. They aspire to be a vacation for the mind. An observer has written, “These are paintings to be lived with rather than to impress an onlooker. They thus run counter to the principal current art market.”
Ms. Palmer’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections in the United States and abroad including those of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Readers Digest Foundation.