Heidi Amenda Marshall grew up on the shore of Lake St. Clair near Detroit, Michigan and on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne, Germany. She comes from a long line of artists including her father, William Amenda, who was an Editorial Illustrator for The Detroit News.
Heidi obtained her undergraduate degrees in Fine Art and English Literature from Albion College and an MFA from Wayne State University. She credits her father, serious study with master painters and museum study as the greatest influences on her work.
While she enjoys savoring and studying art in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, Heidi is first and foremost a lover of the outdoors who deeply appreciates the power and poetry of the landscape, which she reflects in her plein air paintings and studio works. She prefers the graphic richness and reflective properties of pastels and their beautiful immediacy for plein air work.
Heidi has been in many prestigious exhibits—-including the 2018 and 2019 Enduring Brilliance Exhibits at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park and IAPS Exhibitions both online and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The International Association of Pastel Societies awarded Heidi the Paula Ford Memorial Award in the spring of 2019 for her painting “Summer Barn.” Her painting “Winter Track” was exhibited at The National Arts Club for The Pastel Society of America and further selected by Chief Curator Dr. Lois A. Zona for an exclusive exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art.
Look for Heidi’s work this March at ‘Cowgirl Up’ an exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western museum, which will feature the top female artists of the West. In the summer of 2020 Heidi will have gallery shows at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Three Pines Gallery in Cross Village, Michigan. Heidi has recently been featured in Plein Air for her nocturne, “Sunset in Santa Fe” as well Southwest Art in an article called, “Works on Paper” and Pastel Journal by its Editor Ann Hevener on “11 Standout Pieces of the 2019 Pastel World Exhibition.”
She is represented by Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Three Pines Gallery in Cross Village, MI and Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, MI. Heidi has had one-woman shows at the University of Michigan and Lake Superior State University. She was also presented with a National Parks Residency by the Department of the Interior. She enjoys painting in wild places.