Heidi F Beal is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She works primarily in mixed media painting using photography and encaustic. Her art is content driven and explores concepts of fertility, our relationship with the common vital life force in all living things, and the edge where life meets death. Beal’s artwork often references nude studies, architecture, transparent forms, fertility symbols, and found objects. As evidence of one of nature’s most dramatic expressions of our planet’s life cycle, nests and eggs are especially present in her work. Current works have centered around how we internally carry our life force with us. This has led her to paint with encaustic onto translucent surfaces and illuminate the works from inside or behind the pieces.
Beal’s artwork is narrative, gaining much of it’s creative inspiration from within herself. Introspective issues are explored, encouraging the viewer to be transformed to another place and time. For Beal, her art becomes a personal religion, crossing lines between traditional art, other disciplines, and her connection to Spirit. Beal says, “My art feels as though it is channeled through my body. As a conduit, I often feel as if Spirit is directing my hands. My mind then follows, reading the story my hands tell.”
Beal received her Bachelor of Arts with a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1985) with additional graduate studies at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California (1985-1987). Beal is based in Central California and is fond of traveling the countryside on creative, eclectic adventures, showing her work regularly, and teaching encaustic painting.