interpretations of our universe through original paintings and sculpture


EXPLORATION through art


Patty Heibel's Background


Through paintings I translate the landscape and deep space into scenes that explore new territory. Discoveries in the subject matter, creative process and how they are presented are created on canvas, paper or wood. 

I have always been fascinated by science, art and technology; my first career was as a chemist and then on to biotechnology. I believe it's important to continually cultivate my sense of wonder and to educate myself on the world we live in, including the spaces currently beyond our reach. 

Each painting is an experiment, either in the materials, subject, application process or the presentation. I like to call my approach expressive experimentation.



I use many different mediums, such as acrylics, papers, oil and metals. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process.  

Through my cosmic paintings you'll visually experience the thought provoking nebulae, galaxies, dark matter, stars and planet systems of our universe.

I'm creating new abstracts and insects with interesting textures textures using hand-made papers, metal leaf and other mixed media, giving them greater depth and luminescence.  The complex surfaces have considerable tactile qualities and create a greater illusion of color depth than most other paint applications.  



 Sculptures of birds, beasts and sometimes objects are made from paper, metal, wood, glass, and fiber clay. Fiber clay does not require firing in a kiln so they are either painted realistically with acrylic paint or given an all over bronze look, making them the more affordable bronze.

The sculpture process begins with a study of the skeleton and muscle structure before building an armature which may include  welded metal, wood and a stone base. I make the eyes with glass and when the materials are dry, I finish it with paint.

For my animals, it is all about the face and the expression seen in its eyes.  These animals do not require food or water and will sit quietly on your table or shelf.