Artist Statement

A New Approach

Reflecting an inner journey that began with a trip to his ancestral homeland of Finland in the summer of 2019, Heilakka has begun a new approach to his work.

The Line Between Old & New
“In this way I express both the division and tension found within our current society and the underlying commonality….”
While in Finland recently, I was struck by the seemingly contradictory juxtaposition of a country filled with tradition that had embraced a vibrant and modern approach to the future – all without sacrificing its past strengths. That inspired me to use my artistic training in two ways: very traditional pen and ink drawings of landscapes; and, more abstract works in oil and watercolors with metallic foils. These two distinct pieces and approaches are combined using digital photography and printing to create an entirely new body of work that explores the line between old and new.

My vision is to combine my exploration of traditional and modern media with my piano compositions. In this way, I express both the division and tension found within our current society and the underlying commonality and ability to exist side-by-side and collaboratively.

The Artist’s Journey

The series of images below shows Stephen’s artistic journey from his early works through present. Click the image below to launch the slide show.

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