Heather Arenas


Artist’s Statement

One of my goals is to say more with a painting than can be said with a photograph. I want to help others see the beauty in everyday objects, places and people as I see them.

Medium and Subject Matter

I work in oils but also have experience in watercolor and colored pencil. I prefer figurative work but enjoy painting many different subjects.


My grandmothers were both artists and my parents provided me with various art supplies growing up. I was taught to appreciate many forms of art. I have many favorite artists now and there are too many to name but living artists include Richard Schmidt, Tibor Nagy, Jeremy Mann, Kim English, and Dan McCaw. Deceased influences include John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaqin Sorolla.

Art Education

My 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.


Plein Air Artists of Colorado, signature member

Oil Painters of America

American Impressionist Society

Women Artists of the West, VP/Mem Chair

American Women Artists

Portrait Society of America

Art Shows

Governor’s Art Show & Sale, May 2015, Loveland, CO

Western Spirit Art Show, March 2015, Cheyenne, WY

Unframed and Unplugged, AUM Gallery, February 2015, Denver, CO

Abend 24th Annual Miniature Show, December 2014, Denver, CO

Colorado Plein Air Festival November 2014, Denver, CO

Urban Beauty, Randy Higbee Gallery, October 2014, Costa Mesa, CA

Honoring the Capitol Dome competition, October 2014, Denver, CO

AIS 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, October 2014, Denver, CO

PAAC 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition, August 2014, Denver, CO

Colorado Plein Air Festival July 2014

Crested Butte Plein Air Festival,  July 2014, Crested Butte, CO

Solo Exhibition June 2014, CACE Gallery, Fort Morgan, CO

Governors Art Show & Sale 2014,  Loveland, CO

WAOWed in San Diego 44th National Exhibition 2014, San Diego, CA

Lone Tree Art Exhibition 2013, Lone Tree, CO

Colorado Plein Air festival 2013, Denver, CO

Women in Art 2013, Laguna Beach, CA

Alla Prima Westcliffe 2013, Westcliffe, CO

PAAC 17th Annual Art Exhibition 2013, Denver, CO

WAOW 43rd National Exhibition 2013, Estes Park, CO

OPA Salon Show of Traditional Oils 2013, Petoskey, MI

Recent Awards

2nd Place, WAOW Spring Online show 2015 for “Farmers Market Flowers”

3rd Place Bold Brush January 2013 for “Ponytail”

Jury Award Women Artists of the West 43rd National Exhibition 2013 for “Tapestry”

Best Figurative and Wet Wall Painting of the Day Alla Prima Westcliffe, 2013

Honorable Mention Lone Tree Art Exhibition 2013, Honorable Mention for “Beach Baby”

Honorable Mention Denver Plein Air Arts Festival 2012 for “Red Rocks”