I enjoy painting the serendipity, the fleeting whimsy; those moments best captured when the subject thinks they are unobserved. My current body of work, painted in pastel on sanded paper, records the interactional play of young children and of adults. I attempt to capture or 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, Lori Putnam. I also follow and attend workshops with fellow pastelists: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier, Allain Picard and Margaret Dyer. I also study artists from past centuries known for their figurative masterworks. Some of my favorites, (and this is a condensed list), are: Carravaggio, Degas, Sorolla, Zorn, Sergeant, Bacon, Klimpt, Vermeer, McCubbin, Blackman and Boyd.
A native of Melbourne, Australia now residing in Houston, Texas, Healey has been exhibiting as an artist for over twenty 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 Studio School in Houston, Texas, and art history at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. She studied pastel extensively with Master Pastelist, Jeanne Rosier Smith, in Massachusetts, USA and has attended painting and drawing workshops with accomplished professional artists in the US, Australia, and France. She has had solo and group exhibitions in Massachusetts and in Houston. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections. She currently teaches weekly pastel classes in her Houston studio.