…. perhaps art should be a powerful voice that keeps track of the unnoticed adventure underlying the routine of daily life …. Robert Henri


I enjoy depicting serendipity, fleeting whimsy;  and those moments best captured when the subject thinks they are unobserved.   My current body of work, rendered in pastel on sanded paper, records the interactional play of young children and adults.  I strive to record familiar memories.

Great artwork is built on the bones of good drawing.  I hone my skills daily, drawing and painting from life.  I continue an informal education at my studio by reading and trying exercises from Loomis, to Wolf Kahn, Richard Schmid, Quaing Ho and Lori Putnam.  Along with fellow pastelists I attend workshops given by Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier, Allain Picard and Margaret Dyer.  Inspiration also comes from studying artists from past centuries known for their figurative masterworks.   Some of my favorites are: Caravaggio, Degas, Sorolla, Zorn, Sargent, Bacon, Klimt, Vermeer, McCubbin, Blackman and Boyd.


A_Healey_05SFA native of Melbourne, Australia now residing in Houston, Texas, Healey has been exhibiting as an artist for more than 20 years.  She is a member of several pastel societies and is actively involved in the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas.  Healey studied watercolor and design at Monash University’s Centre for Arts and Crafts in Melbourne, Australia, drawing, painting and design at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas, and art history at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.  She studied pastel extensively with Master Pastelist, Jeanne Rosier Smith, in Massachusetts, and has attended painting and drawing workshops with accomplished professional artists in the US, Australia, and France.

Healey has had solo and group exhibitions in Massachusetts and in Houston.   Additionally, her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.   She currently teaches weekly pastel classes in her Houston studio, and lives with her husband and their two children.