Collection: Laura Heaney - Observing Green

Observing Green - artist statement

I think a lot of us want to learn to live a slower and more intentional life, and for me, a big part of that is trying to be a participant in the climate change solution. In 2016 I started a drawing series called Observing Green, that depicts Canada’s wild spaces, when I noticed that a delicate relationship exists between nature and art; both can evoke emotion and inspire change. My goal is to show how each of us play a vital role in protecting our natural world, and using art, I want to create a space for people to pause and appreciate the land’s remarkable story. With this exhibition I invite you to consider topics such as, ethical stewardship, the interconnectivity of human activity with the natural world, and how sustainability is the balance between environment, economy and ethics.

Working with scale, my drawings minimize these vast landscapes down to a mere 6x8”, creating small durable art pieces. Housed in up-cycled frames, they’re meant to project the values of tethered capitalism and sustainability. Drawing in the meticulous medium of pen & ink allows me to reflect on my time outdoors, while also stripping these environments of their colour, reducing them to lines on a two dimensional plane. These stylized illustrations examine how the surface beauty of our natural spaces often mask the detrimental effects our consumerist lifestyles cause, and the necessary dialogs that need to surface as we strive for balance.

Using Instagram (@lkheaney & @observinggreen), I try to document my collaboration with nature. It’s here that I’m able to journal and share my growing pains as I create art, dive into the idea of slow and local travel, and establish environmentally sustainable habits in my day to day life. I am a believer in the power of individual actions and the capacity for like minded people to do immense good if we remember that our relationship with the natural world is active and reciprocal.



A portion of all Observing Green proceeds gets donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help conserve Canada’s beautifully diverse ecosystems