Rachel K DeLong Gallery welcomes Cape Cod watercolor artist Heidi Gallo.
Heidi has studied watercolor painting with various instructors since 1995. She has a diploma in visual design from The School of the Worcester Art Museum/Clark University, where she majored in photography and graphic design. She had studied oil painting in school, but had no experience with watercolor.
Heidi moved to Cape Cod in 1991. She loved the look of watercolor paintings she had seen in local galleries, so decided to take a class. "I was amazed at how difficult it was at first. Watercolor has a mind of it's own, and the hardest thing to learn, is to leave it alone and let it do it's thing. It constantly fascinates and surprises me in every painting that I do. I want to create serene paintings that one never tires of.” Her paintings have won many awards in juried shows.
"My background in photography has become an important tool in my watercolor paintings. I carry my camera everywhere I go to capture the fleeting moment or special light, and often use my photographs to help compose my paintings. Early morning, and late afternoon light is so beautiful, and I love to paint dramatic light, like those paintings by Edward Hopper, my favorite artist. I love boats and the reflections in water, or on the curves of a classic automobile. I also love to capture old buildings and signs, nostalgic scenes from the past.”
Heidi also has a deep love for Maine. Her maiden name was Winslow, and her ancestors from Yarmouth, ME were direct descendants from the Mayflower. She spent many summers in her youth along the shores of Maine, and it deepened her love for the sea.
"It's wonderful to live in such a beautiful part of the country. I feel so fortunate to be able to capture it's beauty, and share it with others."