15 x 20 clay monoprint, 2015
I’ve been an exhibiting artist since my first linoleum block print was shown in a statewide exhibition when I was in the 6th grade. I have exhibited in solo shows, two person and group exhibitions in New England, NYC, and abroad and have worked in several mediums — printmaking, photography, mixed media, and water color. Currently I’ve returned to my printmaking roots and am working in clay monoprints.
Using leather-hard clay as a printmaking matrix I add layer upon layer of pure colored pigments and textures. I build the image until my experience in composition, contrast, brush stroke, design, and hue, makes me know when to stop. I then make only one print. There’s spontaneity and serendipity in this type of artwork, and it delights me, my collectors, and viewers.
Adair Wilson Heitmann, BFA is a recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism and three Awards of Excellence in Graphic Design from the American Corporate Identity Association. She exhibits her fine art widely and has received numerous awards for it. She majored in printmaking at Syracuse University, and has studied with Printmakers – Bruce Manwaring (stone lithography), Don Cortese (etching, engraving, intaglio), and Mitch Lyons (clay monoprints).
With a rich background in the arts, education, literature, business, and health she is listed in many Who’s Who including The World’s Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in American Advertising, and Who’s Who in American Education. Adair has founded and run three successful entrepreneurial businesses and is currently the Director of Communications at Pequot Library, where she has won two Connecticut Library Association Publicity Awards.