By Sumaya Samarasinghe
She uses sponges instead of paintbrushes, will donate all the proceeds of her exhibition to a self employment project for The Friend in Need Society and plans to not have any grand opening for her very first exhibition, which will take place at the Lionel Wendt from August 13 – 15, simply because art is for everybody…
Heather de Lanerolle is a very special artist and her choice to start painting with sponges began during one of her visits to her son who lives in the USA. One day, feeling a little at a loose end, she decided to paint. But, she was unable to find any brushes in the apartment; all she had within reach were some sponges and that is how it all started. Gradually, she controlled more and more, the techniques of sponge painting; spreading colours on her painting tool to get specific effects. Generally laying her canvases on the ground at whatever time inspiration comes to her, de Lanerolle’s main ideas come from nature and especially her fascination for butterflies. A truly generous human being, who helps without ever expecting anything in return, Heather de Lanerolle’s personality comes out in her art which is pleasing to the eye, while having a modern and energetic look to it.
‘Inspirational Paintings’ by Heather de Lanerolle will be held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery from August 13 – 15.