Heidi Coutu B. 1957
Heidi Coutu was born in 1957 in Western Massachusetts. The art-rich backdrop of her early life was created and fostered by her father, Fernand Willemain, who lived in Greenwich Village, New York, where he studied with the founders of the “Ash Can School” at the Art Student’s League.
Upon marrying, Fernand and his wife, Edna, moved to Massachusetts. An only child, Heidi accompanied her parents to art openings and museums throughout her youth, and was introduced to many artists as she “camped out” in her father’s studio and worked by his side. Art and life were truly assimilated in the young artist’s household.
Soon after, Heidi married and returned to Western Massachusetts in order to have proximity to her aging parents. Upon her return, she founded a successful corporate art consulting firm and was instrumental in launching her own career at an early age. She began to paint full- time in 1987. Since that time she has shown in Paris, New York, LA, Houston, Chicago, Boston, and other cities. She has won five “Best in Show” awards and has had seven one-woman shows, including one at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield MA. She is collected by hundreds of noteworthy private and corporate clients including Nations Bank, Columbia Pictures, Lego Corporation, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
About the creative process, Heidi states: In spite of the stress an suffering we are subjected to daily, things of beauty are always in our wake. When a subject moves me, I reproduce it as a way of preserving a moment in time, which reminded me that life is joyous and beautiful. I refer to my style as “painterly realism”. I strive to capture true light and the dynamic essence of life. The brushstrokes are an extension of my emotional involvement with the subject…. they hopefully imbue the viewer with the realization of the privilege of being alive.