I have been a long-time admirer of artist Patricia Heaslip. Actually a decade long love affair with her paintings have haunted me with their wistfulness and transcendental gentle waves. A master of the abstract landscape, Heaslip is based in North East Victoria – she lives on a property with neighbours abutting, barely within cooee. Happily at home amongst the native flora and fauna, Trish, as she asks me to call her, runs a thriving studio practice.
“I met Thierry B over a decade ago, and immediately was drawn to his energy and intention both as an artist and gallery director – I’m grateful to have established a dynamic and transparent relationship, I call him a great friend. He is one of my constant reminders that detachment does indeed, equal flow” - Patricia Heaslip, 2016
Heaslip will only ever take her brush to canvas when she is has clarified her purpose in that moment and feels present. If painting is a form of mindfulness, then Heaslip has been an ardent and fastidious student.
This ebb and flow, is an expression which alludes to the inward and outward movement of ocean tides. A recurrent theme in her paintings, Heaslip is quick to reference nature as inspiration. “
We are all matter and forms, ephemeral and yet timeless together. Nature is marvellous in all her fecundity – I harness that energy and reveal it in layers through the canvas. While painting, experience thoughts, feelings, and sensations but never judge them.” - Patricia Heaslip, 2016
Her latest series grace the gallery like a blanket of love. One melon-coloured canvas is entitled “Jubilant” and absolutely exemplifies a happiness and triumph. A part of new Soul series, Heaslip experiments with undulating tone, while all the time flirting with the suggestion of depth of field. It’s a heady and seductive mix of mindful over mayhem. A taming of the soul.
"Life Symbols" is a subject of epic proportions. Yet Heaslip walks her path with confidence and disarming response, calling up the most beguiling of colours and textures that positively seduce the eye in the exploration of the outer forms, revealing inner meaning and ethereal nuances of the celestial. There is the land and the sky - it is also the earth and the heaven, and the space between, which is the "meaning" of Feeling Earthed...
In 'real life', the horizon is where the land or sea and sky meet. In painting perspective, it's the level your eyes are at, an imaginary line to which things recede. A universal and intuitive landscapist, Patricia Heaslip illustrates our longing to connect to the 'other'. Can you find it in a grain of sand? Perhaps. A picture speaks a thousand words. The light and love are always present in Heaslip's paintings.