Art by Heather Assaf 
Intuitive expression is at the core of my art.

I want to stimulate the viewers' perception and imagination so they can "feel" and experience the paintings from
their own personal perspective.
ABOUT ME
My Background
My  journey of learning and discovery through making art has been ongoing for 26 years now. It all started with classes in drawing, life drawing, graphic design, illustration and layout, black and white photography and development. Next came learning to paint with oil, pastel ,watercolour and acrylic. A few years later I became obsessed with intaglio and relief printmaking and spent many years with my own press enjoying learning the intricacies of intaglio printmaking.
Mixed media is the final culmination of all of my previous learning. I am now using a combination of many different mediums and techniques in my paintings.

Along the way I've been involved with many art organizations, co-op art galleries, outdoor and indoor art shows and a few studio tours. My paintings have been shown in many small art galleries and gift shops in Ottawa and other towns and cities in Eastern Ontario.

Currently I have gallery representation in Ottawa with Koyman Galleries and also show my work in the Ottawa School of Art Boutique Gallery. www.
My Painting Process
"Crazy Love 1"
 Stage 1
 
"Crazy Love 1"
​Finished Painting
I love colour and textures. When I begin a painting there is total abandonment. I choose from one to three colours and a big flat brush, some music and just let it happen. This is the most exciting part of the piece for me.  Whatever shows up on the canvas is the framework for what will come. These first shapes will guide me and sometimes will disappear altogether. Most of the time I will make a very complicated and much too busy piece which I then need to calm down and organize. This is the difficult part of my process. 

I've found that, for me, working on a few canvases at the same time helps me when I get to this final pulling it together part of the painting.  It's a good thing I am a fairly patient person as a lot of patience is needed to work this way.  

I enjoy using collage in some of my work using papers that I stain and draw on and then rip up. Mark-making using pencils and india ink as well as found objects to draw and scribble with is also a big part of my current painting style. Lately, painting with my fingers is another way to add finishing designs to the work. Experimentation is very important to my process - I am open to any new techniques or ideas that call me to try. Every day is a new day! I like to keep an open mind.
"Exuberance"
 Stage 1
"Exuberance"
 Finished Painting