AL Heilman Art
July 06, 2020
Would we ever want to go back to the way things were before Covid 19?
That's the question I, and so many other friends are asking. The pandemic is reshuffling life if many unexpected ways. No doubt this virus has caused so much loss of jobs and human life. Having a loved one die without any family contact is distressing and beyond what we could ever imagine. As we listen to the news from friends and learn of so much loss and pain our hearts break. Sympathy goes out to those who have lost so much. But, we are are also witnessing some rather profound positives.
Families are spending time together. Old friends that you had not talked to are now zoom buddies for evening cocktail connections. The hype and razzle of celebrities has faded and the true heros are being recognized. Our front line workers such as garbage men, janitors, grocery workers, and health workers are now being appreciated.
The environment has rebounded without all the pollution and blue skies have returned to places that several months ago this was only a utopian dream.
We are learning that we probably don't need all the junk we buy on a whim that fills the garage and so many storage facilities. We are also learning that we are all in this together.
The forced early opening of states is not translating into everyone saying yes and to ignoring science. Many businesses owners and citizens are staying home/closed and are continuing with social isolation despite the politicians decrees. We are a long way from being over this crisis.
Much has changed in this pandemic. It's time we cherish the unparalleled access to the most important things in our lives, family and friends.
Al Heilman MD
June 02, 2020
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We too are treasuring time at home and with family and friends. For family, we talk on the phone or FaceTime. But what I hope will continue for years to come are our neighborhood driveway visits. We gather 2-3 times a week for about an hour in the evening. Our sharing and remembering has nurtured an invaluable bond. We are an active 55 community living in our own homes. Most of us are retired so do not have the responsibilities of work or home schooling. Having said that, we pray for the world and share our resources in ways to help others. We treasure one another. Thank you for your words of wisdom! 🤗🙏
July 06, 2020
July 06, 2020
July 06, 2020
One of my first creative steps was when I built a Soap Box Derby car. On my 3rd attempt I won the local Soap Box Derby in DeKalb, Illinois. That qualified me for the national race in Akron, Ohio. That was exciting, even though I lost. But, I learned that you have to pay careful attention to detail. On my first attempt, I had the steering cable wrapped backwards on the steering column and ended up hitting a hay bail at the end of the course!
I loved photography at an early age. As a teenager I built a darkroom. Photography is still is a passion of mine: I photograph daily in my creative process. I went to a university run lab school for Junior High. I used a binary computer with punch tapes as an entry tool…55 years ago. We had a wood and metal shop at the school. In High School I gravitated to the drafting classes and wood and metal shop: Learning to visualize and think in 3 dimensions is a gift from those classes. I have designed and built many homes, including my current lake home/studio. I seriously considered studying architecture in college, but medicine won me over.
I always believed that healing was my natural calling. When I was younger, I went to pharmacy school, then, to medical school. This led to my becoming an orthopedic spine surgeon: Over twenty-five-years, I helped many people, with broken and injured spines, stand up straight and regain function. But, being 6’8”, the years of my bending over an operating room table caught up with my genetic inheritance. Knowing a life’s journey never follows a straight line, my body challenged me to develop a new paradigm once I left the operating room.
I use the sunrises and sunsets as my palette and the changes in nature as my inspiration. This provides me an evocative and healing ethos. I count myself lucky to live my passion. My work communicates a feeling of peace, harmony and a profound respect for nature and humanity.
I also explore the social issues we face as humans and as a society. My work brings attention to the recognition and acceptance of the many wounds that have been present in our society for far too long. We all need to work together so that we have equal access to the law, education and healthcare no matter what our race or color. Examples of this work are three pieces: Black Lives Matter, Genes, and SOS: Our Guns or Our Children.
Black Lives Matter
Fused Glass with acrylic on canvas covered wooden panel. 30x30 x3
Fused Glass mounted on a Canvas covered wooden panel, Acrylic. 30x30x3
SOS: Our Guns or Our Children
30 x 30 x 3 Fused glass on canvas covered panel with acrylic and colored pencil.
One of the challenges I face every day is getting to and staying in the creative flow. I am not afraid of failure, experimenting and taking risks. Much of my work goes through an ugly or challenging phase, before the final finishes and additions. I have learned to push through, not stopping until I feel whole. Art, on my best days, is nirvana, peace and ecstasy. On bad days, it provides a meditative internal mind therapy. I have learned to use problems and roadblocks as a stimulus for creativity.
My work is sold online thru this website. During the Covid 19 pandemic I have closed my in-person galley due to health exposure risks. If you are interested in a work or a commission let me know, and we can facilitate the process. I appreciate your time spent visiting this website. Stay safe and wear a mask when around others.