Painting for me is a challenging and rewarding process.
In my paintings, I try to capture the essential shapes I see, whether it is a person, an object, a color, or tone. I try to see relationships between the elements in my paintings, and to reflect the presence of light, space and shadow.
I want my work to express how I perceive the character and spirit of each person I paint. I have always been engaged by still life because I see personality in those objects, too.
When I draw, I may grab a piece of scrap paper, do a quick sketch, or set up to try a more detailed study. It has always been a pleasure for me to draw, and a way to explore and study new subjects.
Joan Heckerling lives in New York City. Her studio is located in Long Island City, NY.
Art Students League, NYC (studied painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, Gheno, McKenzie, Specht)
Studio of Andrew J. Reiss, Brooklyn, NY
National Academy of Art, NYC
High School of Music and Art, NYC
Brandeis University (BA) and Boston University (JD)
2016 38th Annual Juried Painting/Sculpture Exhibition for non-members, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2015 Artist of the Month Exhibition (solo show), Jonathan Trumball Library, Lebanon, CN
2015 7th Annual Small Works Show, Manhattan Borough President Office, NYC
2013 5th Annual Small Works Show, Manhattan Borough President Office, NYC
2008 112th Annual Open Exhibition, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, National Arts Club, NYC
2005 Brandeis University, Alumni Artists and Authors Exhibit, Waltham, MA
2004 108th Annual Open Exhibition, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, National Arts Club, NYC
2003- 2005 Concours Gallery Exhibit, Dinnerstein class, Art Students League, NYC
Awarded blue dot (honorable mention) each year