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Heidi Marshall

Michigan |

Heidi Amenda Marshall grew up on the shore of Lake St. Clair near Detroit, Michigan and the banks of the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany. She comes from a long line of artists including her father, William Amenda, who was Chief Editorial Illustrator for the Detroit News.

While she enjoys savoring and studying art in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, Heidi is first and foremost a lover of the outdoors who deeply appreciates the power and poetry of the landscape, which she reflects in her plein air paintings and studio works. She prefers the graphic richness and reflective properties of pastels and their beautiful immediacy for plein air work.

Heidi has had one-woman exhibits at the University of Michigan and Lake Superior State University. She was also presented with a residency through a National Parks Award by the Department of the Interior, and enjoys painting in wild places. Recent honors include acceptance of her paintings “Winter Track” and “August Barn” for the Pastel Society of America’s 2018 and 2019 Enduring Brilliance exhibitions at the National Arts Club in New York, and further selection of “Winter Track” by Chief Curator Dr. Lois A. Zona for an exclusive exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art. The International Association of Pastel Societies awarded Heidi the Paula Ford Memorial Award in 2018 for her painting, “Summer Barn.” In 2019, Heidi’s paintings were featured in Pastel Journal and Southwest Art magazine.

Heidi received her BFA from Albion College in Painting and Printmaking and MFA from Wayne State University. As pastellists, she cites W. Truman Hosner and Albert Handel as having been her most influential mentors.  She divides her time between her home on the sandy beaches and Great Lakes dunes of Petoskey, Michigan, and her adopted home in the Land of Enchantment, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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