Meet Chiricahua's 2015 Artists-In-Residence!
Heike Rose Schmidt-Pfeil
Heike Rose Schmidt-Pfeil was born 1967 in Munich, Germany. She grew up as a child in the suburb of Munich. She lives in the same house that has been in her family for three generations. She loves to travel and meet new people and has traveled extensively, most recently in 2014 to the United States. She studied fine arts in Munich and has Master’s degrees from two universities. Since that time she has been working as a freelance artist. Her art has been displayed at numerous galleries in London and Manchester, England, as well as Berlin, Wiesbaden, and Dusseldorf, Germany.
Heike Rose has also produced sculptures and mural reliefs in aluminum. She works with the lost-wax process to cast figures in silicon-aluminum. To create her relief images out of rolled aluminum sheet Heike Rose works with plasma-cutter and arc welders. The most notable is a sculpture featuring a WWII American bomber crew that was shot down near her home. This work received international attention last year when a ceremony was held at that location, honoring the American airmen.
West is a screenwriter, director, and above all adventurer. He is a part of the Chiricahua band of Apaches who was born in California, raised on the road, and spent the majority of his teenage and adult life in the Pacific. The artist works mostly in visual storytelling that blends the reality of documentaries with the dreamlike style of narrative filmmaking.
Jim Nickelson is a photographer whose work is driven by an interest in science and nature. Science is thus the underpinning for all of his photography, whether it be work based on the concept of the passage of time, work motivated by natural rhythms and cycles and patterns, work exploring the mysteries of nature, or work simply inspired by the wonder of the natural world.
Kelsey Dzintars is a mixed media painter, graphic designer and illustrator from Rapid City, South Dakota. She pursued art and music throughout her upbringing, and moved to Bozeman, Montana in 2005 to earn a BFA in graphic design at Montana State University. There she took studio art classes in combination with illustration and design, and traveled to study in Oaxaca, Mexico and London, England.
Inspired by natural beauty and soul-invigorating experiences, Dzintars’s paintings have been described as “unapologetic and emotionally stirring, full of movement and surprises.” Working with oil, acrylic and watercolor she has developed her own brand of modern expressionism, ranging from straightforward to whimsical to graphic-novel-inspired. She periodically participates in group and solo exhibits in multiple galleries and businesses throughout Montana’s Gallatin Valley, and teaches beginner acrylic painting classes.
During her residency at Chiricahua National Monument, Dzintars plans to explore the cycle of influence between earth and humans by painting the emotional power in landscapes and wildlife.
“The invigorating sensations we emote when in the physical presence of these incredible lifeforms evoke the desire to honor and conserve, and I hope to share that sentiment through my paintings,” she says. “The way in which the paint behaves and the act of painting itself is a reflection of our morphing ecosystem and the human attempt to have control in its progression.”
Dzintars plans to do field studies in ink and watercolor, keep a public journal and expand these studies into larger acrylic pieces. These paintings will add to her building body of work exploring these eco-psychological ideas in Badlands National Park in South Dakota and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Last updated: June 25, 2015