Bud Heiss Landscapes Exhibited November, 2013

          Ask our gift shop staff which gallery shows have received the most accolades in recent years - they'll tell you visitors still ask to see works by this Gilbert painter and Friends-of-the-Arboretum annual member. Bud Heiss returns as our featured artists by popular demand for November 2013, featuring new paintings of Arboretum scenes and Sonoran Desert vistas. Viewers should expect to find familiar views from around the gardens and trails: the High Trail and Queen Creek are among places which catch this artist's eye.

"The Arboretum provides my favorite subject matter and it's by far the best place to show my artwork. The visitors and members appreciate the things that I love to paint. 95% of my paintings are an excuse to study light and shadow. I always look for subject matter that is different and interesting regarding light. Each year my painting process evolves a bit and this year saw more drastic changes than usual. I'm inventing a larger portion of each painting - playing with unusual colors and making more courageous decisions than in the past. Because of this growth, it is an exciting time to paint and I believe the work has a new spontaneity and a different feel to it."

"There are several paintings directly inspired by the Arboretum, like the Australian Drover's shed and other notable scenes from the grounds. These portraits of the Arboretum are filled with a special light - always an important element in my work. New subject matter for this year - I've begun a series I call "Americana". The series will include many North American mammals in their natural habitat. The first two in this show are a bull Elk and a Bison. More to come in that series. No artist is complete without interested viewers- lovers of nature and appreciators of art. I would continue to paint without viewers but I wouldn't be as fulfilled or encouraged without them. A big thanks to everyone that takes the time to see what I've done and hopefully they will come away seeing things a bit different - noticing the beauty and awesomness of ordinary things around them in extraordinary light."

The Gilbert painter has a signature style - possibly best described as Sonoran Desert realism -- and the pieces he creates lean towards greens, browns and desert tones. Heiss captures the sweeping lines of desert trees such as palo verde, crucifixion thorn and mesquite in a way that will be immediately familiar to anyone who hikes the Peralta Trail or elsewhere in the Superstitions, trails into the depths of the Grand Canyon - and our Main Trail here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.Works by the artist were exhibited here during November, 2012 (works on this page include "Cholla", "South Rim Sunset" and "Winter Evening").
     "Six years ago the extent of my Arizona subject matter was a few paintings of the Grand Canyon. Now the Canyon is one of a few special areas that inspire my art work, along with the Superstition Mountains, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Sedona, Canyon de Chelly, and this year I added a few paintings inspired by scenes on the Mogollon Rim in the high country. Painting these areas - and the subject matter that I choose - have brought me to investigate light and shadow in much more depth, leading to understanding and using color in new ways," said Heiss.

     "The Grand Canyon, Mogollon area, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona and the Superstition Mountain paintings all have that feel of a familiar, recognizable place to anyone that has visited those spots. The Arboretum paintings, however, are very different. Whenever I take my camera to the Arboretum I am surprised at so many of the photos that I come home with. I go there with an open mind. I ignore my preset ideas about what I "should be" looking for in subject matter and composition. I allow the area to challenge my established sense of aesthetics and suggest new ways to express my artistic vision. The Arboretum is truly stunning with all of the tree and plant varieties in so many settings," said Heiss.

                    "There's Queen Creek and Ayer Lake; interesting volcanic rockformations and sweeping mountain scenes. So many desert plants on view; some organized in man-made gardens, some in rugged natural settings.All this adds up to an incredibly beautiful place to experience - and to paint. Each time I visit the Arboretum I am inspired in new ways and always thankful for coming to Arizona."
          Light and shadow have become key elements of Bud's work. Most ofhis paintings depict scenes in early morning or late afternoon when the light is a warm color and the shadows are moving quickly. Because he prefers to paint these fleeting moments, he usually works from photographs that he has taken. His photos, however, are merely a point of departure, good for inspiration. Each painting takes on a life of it's own, often going far beyond the original inspiration

"My paintings are both a representation of the physical world and a reflection of my inner self. An idealized reality if you will." Most of his works have many elements that are entirely invented. "Painting is all about relationships. Just like life. The number of relationships to consider within a painting , both visual and psychological, is mind boggling. I'll move things around, invent a tree here, deepen a shadow there, move an area forward, always considering the subtle changes in relationships as I make these adjustments." Among many new works that will be exhibited this year is a painting of Picketpost Mountain seen from the west in morning light, two smaller studies of the Grand Canyon and several landscapes with streams and snow from the high country

      You may have encountered Heiss creating one of his special moments on canvas while hiking along the High Trail. Or perhaps you noticed his unique style and imagery in other collections that have been on display within the Arboretum Gallery.           Heiss studied at Kansas City Art Instituteand earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska before continuing his education at Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Colorado. His work has won many regional and national awards over the years; his most recent awards being at the autumn Arizona Arts Alliance show in Fountain Hills. He won "Best of Show" for his painting "Snow Angel" and recieved the "Directors Choice Award" for the entire body of work that he exhibited at that show.

To contact the artist about purchases email Heiss heiss-studio@q.com
or call 602-616-6895

     Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. During November visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each monthand may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. Admission is $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

Review other recent gallery shows from...

Christine Debrosky, September-October 2013

Arboretum Staffers Preston Cox and Tammy Knight, March-April 2013

Michael Madsen and Heidi Golden Heart Rocks Photography, Febuary 2013

Elaine Dube Paintings, December 2012-January 2013

Then And Now Historical Photos October, 2012

Paul Landau June-September, 2012

Legumes of Arizona March - May, 2012

Michael Madsen February, 2012

Mesa Art League September-October, 2011

Kim Hosey July-August, 2011

Legumes of ArizonaMay-Jun, 2011

Pima College & CACApril, 2011

Jim BurnsMarch, 2011

Kay Cummings
February, 2011

Paul Kinslow January, 2011

Mesa Arts League September, 2010

Rick Cameron April , 2010

Nan Lawrence March, 2010

Barbara Atkinson
February, 2010

Nancy Matus
January, 2010

Barbara Cox
December, 2009

Margaret Whittaker
November, 2009

Artists of the Superstitions
October, 2009

Marilyn Barton
September, 2009

Gila Community College August, 2009

Deborah A. Lee June, 2009

Margie Porter May, 2009

Timm Chapman January, 2009

Paul Kinslow December, 2008

Maggie Leef November 2008

Sharon Sieben October 2008

Nicole Royse September 2008

Judy Bottler Photography May 2008

Bob Estrin Photography April 2008

Mary Isham Watercolors March 200

Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008

Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008

Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007

Jean Sullivan November, 2007

Sue Cullumber October, 2007

Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007

Fred Charlton May, 2007

Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007

Linda Kaiser February, 2007

Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007

Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006

Bob Rice September, 2006

Bud Heiss July-August, 2006

Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006

Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006

CJ Rider March, 2006

Jessica Green February, 2006

Steve Davidson January, 2006

Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005

Carolyn Gray November, 2005

Martha Burgess October, 2005

Boeing Photographers September, 2005

Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005

Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005

Jeanette Bronson May, 2005

Tom Stanley April, 2005

Kathy McClure February-March, 2005

Pam Smyth January, 2005

Tina Faust December, 2004