Heather C. MacRae was raised between South Salem, NY and Cohoes, NY and moved to Savannah, GA in 2011. She grew up painting along side her father who was a landscape painter. As an adult she began exploring the human relationship to the environment and the depictions of this in painting. This grew into experiments that sought to identify other representations of human life and the concept of “environment”, specifically thinking about the connections between the internal/external structure of the human body and the internal/external structure of buildings. This interest pushed into the use of abstraction as well as deconstruction and reconstruction of structures and observed forms in her work. In her ongoing and most prolific series “Landscape and Structure” she focuses on the tension and balance found in the urban/suburban landscape. She finds the spaces we define as public and private- views from the sidewalk of homes, buildings, fences, and alleyways- and the moments of stillness and intimacy a passerby on the street can observe as important and gratifying. In the studio MacRae tries to touch upon the dichotomy between the stable and the fleeting using various elements of direct rendering from reference images as well as areas of flattened space, moments of transparency or translucency of color, and loose gestural brushwork. She creates a moment between past and present, between observation and internalization. MacRae’s 2018 and 2019 series’ “build and “pedal” embody her examination of the relationship between the ideas of permission and the body. These series also sought examine our connection to the figure as a barrier to be crossed and how we facilitate, disregard, or nurture these barriers in our relationships to one another. Heather C. MacRae works and lives in Savannah, GA. and teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design.