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Michael Heffernan is a fulltime visual artist working from his studio at the Artisan Resource Center, based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a contemporary painter, his painting style is between spontaneous expression and control; between emotion and passion for freedom and immediacy in application, while striving for balance in the nature of the subject. His work explores that space between extemporaneous, instinctive mark making and deliberate brush strokes that translates into an energetic and interesting visual narrative, identifiable throughout his series of landscape and abstract paintings.
He has a keen interest in abstract landscape painting in an expressive style to capture the essence, atmosphere and indeed emotion of a place often influenced by dramatic weather. His source of ideas is derived from a combination of painting, sketching and photography on location, completing work in his studio. His abstract works are influenced by many subjects including poetry and intuitive emotions and concepts.