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Heather Arenas ~ Plein air painter

Art has been a constant for me since I was very little. I studied art through high school but also took 3 years of Latin because my goal was to become an orthopedic surgeon. I took a few classes in college to create balance while I worked on my biology degree. It was not until I was in medical school that I decided I was not cut out for that line of work since it would mean I wouldn't have time to paint!
When I left school, I tried many different careers including veterinary technician, database architect and alpaca rancher and continued drawing and painting tributes to my experiences. Ultimately it didn't matter what I did to pay the bills, I still found time to paint. Although I have painted many different subjects, I particularly love figure painting. Anatomy is still my favorite subject. Now that I am older and more settled, I can paint everyday, sometimes on location and often with a live model to keep my skills sharp.
My goal as an artist is to make beautiful art. I study art and techniques constantly to try to make that happen.


Denver Plein Air Arts Festival 2012 Honorable Mention for “Red Rocks”
FASO Featured Artist October 2012
FASO FAV 15% December 2012 for “Hogwarts”
Bold Brush January 2013 3rd Place for "Ponytail"
FASO FAV 15% February 2013 for "A Moment to Reflect"
FASO FAV 15% March 2013 for "Afternoon Nap" and "Oranges"
FASO FAV 15% April 2013 for "Tapestry"
Women Artists of the West 43rd National Exhibition 2013 Jury Award for “Tapestry”
FASO FAV 15% July 2013 for "Girl in White Dress" and “How Do I Look?”
FASO FAV 15% August 2013 "Orange Sandals" and "Unmasked"
Alla Prima Westcliffe, Wet Wall Painting of the Day and Best Figurative 2013
FASO FAV 15% September 2013 "Beach Baby" and "Six Figures"
Lone Tree Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention for "Beach Baby"
FASO FAV 15% October 2013 for "Girl with Feather Earrings"
FASO FAV 15% November 2013 for "Red Kimono"