“So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit…We are a species that has lost its way. Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look, and listen…What could be more heavy and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms? And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones…Can human beings lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of consciousness?” --Eckhart Tolle
"Hedden communicates the language of light. She believes that light is the luminous self made manifest in this world. Zooming in close to a dense cluster of glittering refraction, or delicate transparency and shadow, Hedden renders these microcosms on large canvases with her muscular brush strokes. Her pieces are actual portraits of a particular mineral or flower at a precise moment in time."
As an artist, I look for the unseen patterns and hidden narratives that reveal the magnificence in all things. Robert Henri said, "Paint the spirit of the bird rather than its feathers." There is a still point in every moment and to capture this essential luminescence is to acknowledge the ancient wisdom in all things. I make use of archetypes from the cultural and mystical history that connects all humans and all life forms. Joseph Campbell said that artists are the shamans of our time. I believe that we have the ability as well as the obligation to find and share truth and offer direction to the greater community. It is with this inspiration that I delve into the riches of the collective unconscious and the imagery and symbolism of my dreams to draw out something bigger than myself to share with the world.
I was born and raised in Utah's wild red desert, but have had the great fortune to call many amazing places around the world my home. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, I am as comfortable painting large oils as I am illustrating children’s books. In 2007, I won an International Creativity award in the category of commercial illustration for “The Peaceful Warrior.” My first children’s book, “The Illuminated Desert,” written by Terry Tempest Williams and published by the Canyonlands Natural History Association in 2008, won The Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award for Best Children’s Book.
CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
EXHIBITIONS 2008 TO THE PRESENT:
Scope Miami Beach with Stella Ripley Gallery, December 4-8, Miami, Florida — 2019
Stella Ripley, “Milky Way over Mani-Utenam” August 25-September 25, Quebec City, Canada — 2019
Stella Ripley, “Gémeaux de Minuit” July 25-August 25, Quebec City, Canada — 2019
Walker Fine Art, “Composed Hypothesis” May 31-July, Denver, CO — 2019
Stella Ripley, “Connective Tissues” May 25, Quebec City, Canada — 2019
Every Woman Biennial 2019 NYC (Formerly the Whitney Houston Biennial), May 19-29, New York City, NY — 2019
Messinger Gallery, “Solo Show” May 16-September 3rd, Boulder, CO — 2019
Aqua Art Miami with Stella Ripley Gallery (Canada) December 6-9, Miami, FL — 2018
Walker Fine Art, “Essential Elements” November 9-December 31, Denver, CO — 2018
Texas Contemporary with Stella Ripley Gallery (Montreal, Canada) October 4-7, Houston, TX — 2018
Gallery Vibe, “Season Premiere,” Naples, FL — 2018
The Other Art Fair, November 9-12, Brooklyn, NY— 2017
McNicol’s Building, “Tectonic Shift,” Denver, CO — 2017
“Rubber Stamp Art Projects,” Red Dot, Miami, FL — Art Basel Week 2016
Walker Fine Art, “Simplifying the Essentials,” Denver, CO — 2016
Walker Fine Art, “Shades in Time,” Denver, CO — 2014
Walker Fine Art, “Cross Pollinate,” Denver, CO — 2013
The Mark Gallery, “Awakening,” Englewood, NJ — 2013
Walker Fine Art “Introductions,” Denver, CO — 2012
Meyer Gallery, “Introduction,” Park City, UT — 2010
KOLB Studio, “Wild about Children’s Books: Wildlife Art for Kids”, Grand Canyon, AZ — 2008
The Seedcorn Gallery, Group Show, Berkely, CA — 2008
The Mina Dresden Gallery, RISD NOCAL Juried “One Night Stand” San Francisco, CA — 2007
The Caldecott Gallery, Solo Show, Oakland, CA — 2007
HONORS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES:
Featured in Create! Magazine International Women’s Issue 2019
Featured in Luxe Magazine Summer 2017 (Colorado Issue)
Artwork Featured on the Cover of Luxe Interiors Magazine Fall 2016 (Colorado Issue)
House and Garden Magazine Featured Artist in their 70th Anniversary Issue 2017
Artist Showcase Featured Artist on ArtSlant 2016.
Artist in Residence at the Summit Series Powder Mountain, September 2014
Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award for Best Children’s Book of 2009 (The Illuminated Desert)
International Creativity Award in the category of Commercial Illustration for “The Peaceful Warrior” 2007
Former First Lady Laura Bush helped celebrate the renovation and rededication of the University of Utah’s library by sharing copies of “The Illuminated Desert” with kids.
B School with Marie Forleo Class of 2016
RISD European Honors Program —Rome, Italy 2000-2001
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)—Providence, RI (BFA with Honors in Illustration) 1998-2002
RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2018-2019 Co-Creator/Artist Liason/Curator/Art Fair Manager—Stella Ripley Gallery in Quebec City Canada: An artist run project focusing on gallery shows, international art fairs and pop up events.
2012-2018 Creative Director at Fine Art Matters — Malibu, CA: Fine Art Advisory based in Malibu celebrating its 25th anniversary. Specializing in the design of art for large multi-faceted projects ranging from high end residential to 5 star hotels, universities and corporate campuses. Responsibilities Include: Project Management, All phases of Job Production, Creative Director Curating Collections of Fine Art and Managing Relationships and Commissions Process with Artists, Social Media, Marketing, Website Design, Email Blasts, Sales.
2016-2017 Consultant, Head of Artist Acquisitions, Head Curator at Vango — San Francisco, CA: Vango is an online marketplace that connects buyers, both first-time and experienced, to independent artists. Responsibilities Included: Consultation on Art World Positioning, Artist Acquisitions, Collection Curation, Development, Strategy and Management of Art Advisor Feature for the App and Website includes training and overseeing Advisors. Report directly to the CEO.
“The Illuminated Desert” - Children’s ABC book containing extensive, page-by-page illustrations, written by Terry Tempest Williams, published by the Canyonlands Natural History Association in 2008. Won the Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award for Best Children’s Book of 2009.
References available upon request...