Marsha Heimbecker is featured artist in October at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

by Frances Freyberg on October 3, 2014

“The Anniversary Collection,” expressive oil paintings by award-winning artist Marsha Heimbecker is the October exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Marsha’s paintings are known for their bold brushwork and color, resulting in a unique vitality. Originally a bio-engineer with degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT, Marsha underwent a heart transplant in 2001. She had always shown an aptitude for art in addition to science, and after her surgery, she found art to be “very helpful in the healing process.”

She credits her studies in life drawing and portraiture, as well as anatomy, with helping her paint elephants and other wildlife in various poses. She enjoys using her imagination to express the beauty, color and energy in what she sees, using a harmonious palette of vibrant and cheerful colors.

In 2009, Marsha won First Place, the Los Gatan Award, at the Los Gatos Art Association Open. She also has shown her work in Paint Allied Arts events, the Sanchez Art Center, Horizon Art Gallery, Triton Museum, and a one-woman show at Thomas Moser.

Her paintings can be found in private collections around the country, as well as online .

“Peonies” (Oil, 9×12″) is one of the paintings that will be included in Marsha Heimbecker’s October show “The Anniversary Collection” at Portola Art Gallery

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