Me, painter's hat on.

I live in Finland, a Nordic country right by the Arctic Circle (yes, that’s where Santa lives!) where winters are long and dark and summers are short and sweet. In fact, most summer days are spent waiting for that real summer to arrive…

I used to live only for those three short summer months. Before summer even ended, I already started waiting for next summer. If I was lucky there was a holiday trip I could look forward to during winter. I literally counted the days. Sounds familiar?

The problem with living life this way, are all the days you spend waiting for something else. Days without meaning. Time wasted.

I don’t even recall what triggered the change, however, one day I realized that it’s in my power to put meaning into every day of my life. My life is my responsibility and it is up to me to do the best I can with the time I am given. Then and there I decided to do something I love every day.

Since that day my art business started moving forwards. When looking at the world around me with loving eyes I started to see beauty everywhere. Even in winter! I have realized that mindset and daily disciplines make all the difference. Nowadays I embrace every day and the possibilities it brings me.

En Garde

:: When you begin to see the beauty in your everyday places, you’ve found yourself a endless source of happiness. And best of all, it’s free! ::

Sticks and Stones

 

Portrait by Heidi Hjort "Little Z", Vaasa Finland 2015

I also love portraiture. I am especially fascinated by children’s portraits. Capturing a child’s softness and innocence is quite a challenge and to do it successfully requires years of practice. If you like what your seeing on this website and there is a special someone you would like to immortalize with  a portrait, don’t hesitate to reach out! Send me an email at hjort.heidi@gmail.com

Besides being an artist I am also an architect, a wife and a mom to two beautiful sons. My adorable cat Lucy thinks she’s royal and she is my most faithful studio buddy.

Lucy

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ARTIST STATEMENT

"I paint the beauty of the ordinary. The sort of beauty most people are only dimly aware of, or don’t notice altogether. 

The impermanence of nature's beauty fascinates me and keeps me in the present moment. In the next moment everything will look different and I want to capture the beauty before it slips away. 

I choose to paint with oils in a technique called "alla prima" (Italian, meaning at first attempt). It's a perfect technique considering the impermanent nature of my subjects. Many times I paint the entire painting in one go.

My art reflects the deep appreciation I feel for my everyday places. I want to raise awareness of the quiet beauty which is available to every single one of us. Appreciation is contagious. So take my hand and let me inspire you to discover the magic in your own backyard..."

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Heidi Hjort works mainly in oil. Her paintings convey a sincere appreciation for the beauty of the ordinary. Her ability to see beauty where many people don’t, is a key asset in her creative process.

Using a the alla prima technique (wet-on-wet) often times painting the entire painting in one go, she manages to keep a light freshness to her work. She is often seen outdoors painting on location, regardless of season.

In addition to landscape paintings, she has also been much appreciated for her sensitive floral paintings and child portraits.

She studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Vaasa. A student exchange program took her all the way to Tokyo, Japan, where she discovered the Japanese aesthetic of treasuring the beauty of simple everyday things. This spirit still defines and inspires her art today.

Heidi Hjort has had a number of solo exhibitions in Vaasa, Korsholm, Ylihärmä, Närpes, Kristinestad, and most recently in Uusikaupunki in southern Finland. She has also participated in numerous group shows and juried exhibitions.

Her artwork is in private collections in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. In addition to her official website heidihjort.com, you can follow her work on Facebook and Instagram.

Heidi Hjort was born in 1975 in Vaasa, on the west coast of Finland, where she still resides.


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