About our Artist - Heather Main
25 MONTHS AGO
As the campaign moves along we are getting more and more excited about the upcoming portrait of Celia Lashlie and cannot wait to share it with you!
We thought you might like to find out a little bit more about the talented woman who is currently working on the Celia Lashlie Portrait – Heather Main (nee Busch).
Heather and Celia have been close friends since the age of 16. They have been constants in one another lives and Celia was ‘best woman’ at Heather's wedding 15 years ago (co-incidentally held in a then empty Shed 11, which the Portrait Gallery now occupies).
Heather has a deep understanding of the advocacy work Celia undertook, and the two of them would joke that if ever Celia had to have her portrait painted, it would be the talented Heather Main who would do it. Sadly, this never came to fruition while Celia was alive, and we are so thrilled that with your help, this project is about to be realised.
Having worked on creative projects with Celia in the past, both personally and professionally, Heather stresses the importance of this portrait in extending and building on Celia's causes, and sharing these important ideas with others.
“The task carries a huge responsibility to capture some of Celia’s essence,” she says. “I need to show her strength, her clear vision, her abundant compassion, her insight into human behaviour and her love and support of the people most of us shun”.
Heather has had a successful career as an artist and is now working from her home in Owhiro bay, in a studio opening out onto a greenhouse. When we visited the commission portrait was well underway, vibrant colour bursting from the frame.
Heather works in many mediums now, but will be returning to the medium that bought attention to her beautiful and haunting portraits. Using many thin layers of oil paint, the paintings are meticulous and fine, drawing the viewer in. Not one to shy away from something new however, the commission will include an audio component sourced from (among other things) Radio New Zealand Archives that stresses Celia’s role as an orator, and a storyteller. This is something new for Heather but she is confident it will add an extra dimension to the work.
Keep an eye on this page over the next few weeks as we share some of these soundbites with you...a bit of a teaser for the work to come!