Hedi Moran combines realism and impressionism in her rich and lively still life oil paintings. Bathed in a sunlit rush of light and vivid color, carefully cultivated composition and brush stroke techniques.
"flowers are just so beautiful to me" she says. "I like to share that beauty. When I do landscapes, they tend to be intimate. When I do figures, they tend to be small moments. People say my paintings are easy to live with; that is a great compliment."
Born in a small Norwegian coastal village, Hedi Moran immigrated to the United States at the age of nine and began studying oil painting in 1973. When her classmates found her given name, Aase, too difficult to pronounce, Moran's father, a great fan of Hedi Lamar, nicknamed her Hedi. Her work is very much influenced by a Norwegian heritage that includes a grandfather noted for colorful paintings of "ships against the sea" and a mother whose award-winning Scandinavian fold are is lush with bright and intricate floral patterns.
Hedi has studied with , and been influenced by Richard Schmid, Richard Thompson, Joyce Pike, Mark Daily, and Joni Falk. Her work has won awards in several juried shows, including Best of Show and Best of Oils in the Scottsdale Artists School. Her paintings have been featured in "Art of the West" magazine and appeared in "The Best of Flower Painting" by North Light Books.
"I want to get berrer every day," Moran says. "I want to learn to see more, to be able to put down the intense beauty I see. When I look at a cast shadow or light on an object, it can move me to tears. Someone once said that every painting is a battle won by the artist but you can never win the war. Your expectations are always growing and learning. It's an exciting and wonderful thing."