"Dinner with Friends" by Heather Arenas

“Dinner with Friends”

oil on birch

18 in. x 14 in.


About “Dinner with Friends”:

“After an art opening, my artist friends and I visited a nearby Italian restaurant. I observed how the items on the table represented the people at the table and their differences. Everyone plays a unique part in the dinner and discussion.”

Heather Arenas’ grandmothers were both artists and her parents provided her with various art supplies growing up, teaching her to appreciate many forms of art. Today, Heather works in oils and prefers figurative work but she enjoys painting many different subjects. Her education includes a rigorous course of independent study reading many books on drawing and painting and taking workshops from respected artists such as Vadim Zanginian, Kim English and Clayton Beck III. While earning a degree in biology with emphasis on anatomy in the early 1990s, she also studied art history and ceramics.

Heather is a Master Signature artist with Women Artists of the West, a Signature member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado, an Associate of Distinction with American Women Artists, as well an associate with several other art organizations. She has received numerous awards for her work which helps others see the beauty in everyday objects, places and people.


Recent awards:

WAOW National Juried Exhibition 2016 for “Home on the Range”, Art of the West Editor’s Choice    AWA National Juried Exhibition 2016 for “Orange Taffeta”, Finalist

WAOW Hot Summer Nights 2016 for “After the Dance”, Best Overall

WAOW Hot Summer Nights 2016 for “31st and Lexington”, Honorable Mention

OPA Online Showcase Spring 2016 “Belizean Chef”, Honorable Mention

AWA Spring Online Show 2016 for “Margaritas in Tubac”, Finalist


View more of Heather’s work at www.heatherarenas.com

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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