Cameron University will showcase the work of senior art major Heather Shea Morefield with a special exhibition in the Sciences Complex. Morefield will present a gallery talk at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The exhibition will feature a variety of original prints and watercolors and will be on display through April 28.
“The work in this exhibition represents the love and dedication Heather has for creating art,” says Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art. “Her original prints and watercolors display a love for storytelling and/or capturing the essence of a bug, landscape, or bird. Heather will spend a great amount of time researching her subject and practicing her craft. She is a very motivated individual who aspires to be a successful artist. The faculty is very proud of her diligence and unrelenting desire to learn.
The exhibition will focus on Morefield’s love of nature. In her artist’s statement, she writes, “All the original hand-pulled prints in this show are inspired from fairytale narratives and stories from my own life. I incorporate Art Nouveau elements and design with equal attention to the steam punk style. The anamorphic animals are characters portraying conceptual topics of strength, wisdom, humor, and theatrical mask playing. Recently, I have been using watercolors to portray my love for nature. Technically, the glazing of watercolor permits me to develop layers of detail along with richer and saturated colors. I find the process quite exciting and relaxing. The insects, birds, and landscapes all represent another passion within my life. This passion celebrates the awareness of how I see and respond to the wonders of nature with my eyes and heart.”
Morefield will graduate in May with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art. Primarily a painter, she also enjoys printmaking and blacksmithing. Last fall, she had her first solo exhibition at the Lawton Community Theatre. Her work won first place in the First Annual Arts Battle at the Great Plains Technology Center in 2014. Morefield’s works of art have been exhibited at the Fall Festival: Hilton Garden Inn, Lawton Fort-Sill Convention Center, and the Simmons Center Student Art Exhibitions in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Painting.
Morefield finds inspiration in the Wichita Mountains. “When I was 15, my family purchased a cabin in Medicine Park where I spent many weekends exploring the beauty of the refuge,” she says. “I am very fortunate that I can walk out my front door and see this majestic refuge. This is truly an inspiration for any artist.”
April 3, 2015