Heather C. MacRae grew up with an appreciation of the natural world as well as a respect for the interaction between organic material and man-made structures. She began her explorations in painting searching to understand the figure as the subject but also the figure’s relationship to the environment. This grew into paintings that sought to identify the entanglements of human life and the concept of environment. The examination of constructed forms and the uninhibited environment has evolved into a practice of identifying the forms and lines that shape the urban/suburban landscape. In her latest paintings, Heather C. MacRae uses these identified facets of visual information to understand the tension and balance found in the observed local environment.