Hannah Heyer draws inspiration from her local area in rural southeastern Minnesota. She lives on a farm which has been in her family for six generations.
“My plein air paintings, done outdoors on location, usually within 2 to 3 hours, attempt to capture the fleeting and changing view of a particular place and time as I see it.
“I am a self-taught artist living and working in rural southeastern Minnesota. Working in oils and watercolour, my work is a study of place, time, and season. I love the place where I live; as familiar as the back of my hand, yet never the same two days in a row. I draw a lot of inspiration from my local area. I enjoy the challenge of plein air painting, and the way it encourages taking a closer look, to more fully take in what might otherwise go unnoticed. My plein air paintings, done outdoors on location, usually within 2 to 3 hours, attempt to capture the fleeting and changing view of a particular place and time as I see it. My studio works, supported by plein air studies, memories, emotion, and imagination, are built up through a lot of time and layers of paint and allow me to work in more detail. In all my work, I try to capture the beauty I see in the simple, everyday blessings, in faces and events, subtle and breathtaking, convinced that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)