11-7-21 MONDAY NEWS 6 p.m.
Just as his surname suggests, Brad Fields is enamored of the land and its abundance. Finding wonder in the everyday scenes around him that so many others take for granted, he uses watercolor and graphite mediums to create his visions. Both realistic and abstract techniques, “allow [him] to get those happy accidents that are thrown down on paper articulating the form flawlessly – a miracle if there ever was one.” The Heartland Artists Gallery is featuring Mr. Field’s artwork during the month of November, 2021, and you are invited to experience the land through his eyes and paintings. “I want to entice your eye with realistic details so that when you really look closely – what you see is actually… abstract. I don’t want my work to look like photographs.”
Delighted to be exhibiting his paintings, he decided in 2017 to focus on his art, having served the public by managing and owning several signage, printing, and graphic arts companies for twenty-eight years. A graduate of the Herron School of Art and IUPUI, he was asked by the Fishers Arts Council to help create an art fair, which, subsequently, drew in ten thousand people. Now, as a fine artist, he is a member of Hamilton County Artists’ Association, the Hosier Art Salon, Nickelplate Arts, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and he was juried into the Indiana Artists Club. “These groups helped lead me to various juried shows and painting competitions… and [I] learned so much along the way.” Indeed, he has succeeded, for he has received honors and awards from numerous arts organizations, including, but not limited to, the Indiana Artists Club Juried Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The American Masters, such as Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, and contemporaries Mario A. Robinson and Dean Mitchell, draw the eye into their lush landscapes and another time. Brad Field’s watercolors evoke today’s world with both precise and carefree strokes using paintbrush and pencil. He invites you to take a minute to deeply absorb the colorful creatures of the land you may have missed on your morning rush to work or within your frenzied office and its cloistered corridors. Understand the huddled birds that perch on winter’s stark limbs, or imagine who bustled about in the old, abandoned barns. Take a moment to visit these winsome creatures and lost stories and let Brad Fields’ vision of a world full of mystery and beauty captivate you.
His paintings and pencil drawings will be on display beginning Sunday, November 2 – 27 at the Heartland Artists Gallery and online at www.heartlandartgallery.com. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
Opening reception is open to the public Sunday, November 7, 1-4pm. The art talk will be at 2:30pm, which will be recorded and available online.
The Heartland Artists Gallery’s mission is to support area artists and to bring and to teach the arts to our community. Our not-for-profit gallery gives area artists a venue to show and sell their artwork. Activities are made possible, in part, by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and The Indiana Arts Commision, which receives support from the State of Indiana and The National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.heartlandgallery.com and find us on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, contact the gallery at 574-936-9515, which is located at 101 N. Michigan Street in downtown Plymouth, Indiana.