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Artist Heppard to demonstrate watercolor batik at FAA meeting


Last updated 1/8/2018 at 12:02am

Artist Martha Heppard will be the demonstrator at the Fallbrook Art Association meeting Jan. 20.

FALLBROOK – The public is invited to the Fallbrook Art Association meeting Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at The Fallbrook Women's Club, 238 W. Mission Road.

The meeting will include a critique for members' paintings, one work each from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., followed by a demonstration from artist Martha Heppard in watercolor batik painting.

Heppard is an award-winning fine artist, using watercolor batik on rice paper, as well as oils and traditional watercolors. Heppard pursued a career in medicine after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University and subsequently, from the University of Southern California's School of Medicine.

Heppard grew up in Hawaii, and in 1990, moved to Colorado. After practicing medicine for 16 years she retired to spend more time with her family. A few years later, she began pursuing her passion for art and began taking oil and watercolor classes at local art centers.

Heppard learned how to adapt the wax-resist method to her watercolor paintings on fine Japanese rice papers, after seeing an art piece in a local art show created in this method. She was inspired to try this technique of painting and now specializes in this unique process.

Heppard's batiks have been published in many books and have won awards. She exhibits locally in her home state of Colorado as well as nationally and is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver where she teaches this technique.

"The Tea House" is a watercolor batik painting by Martha Heppard, who will demonstrate her skills at the upcoming Fallbrook Art Association meeting.

Heppard continues to enjoy painting with traditional oils and watercolors in a representational style and also some non-objectively.

"Painting allows me to connect with the ethereal spirit which surrounds us all," said Heppard. "It allows me self expression of the beauty I see and feel where ever I go, and a way in which I may share my interpretation of this beauty with others."

After the demonstration, Heppard will conduct an optional workshop 1 to 4 p.m. in watercolor batik, which is open to beginners and advanced painters, members and non-members. The cost for members is $40 ($35 will go to the artist, $5 to FAA) and the cost for non-members is $50 ($45 will go to the artist, $5 to FAA).

To register, call Carol Reardon at (760) 731-6677. Participants need to register in advance by sending in checks to reserve a spot. Reardon will email a list of supplies to bring and the class agenda.


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