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 Hedi Moran  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona / Norway      Known for: floral view, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Combining realism and impressionism, Hedi Moran creates rich and lively still life oil paintings that seem bathed in sunlit light and vivid color. The appearance of freshness and spontaneity in her paintings masks carefully cultivated techniques of composition and brushstrokes.

The artist was born Ase Pedersen in a small Norwegian coastal fishing village, and at age nine, emigrated to the United States with her family. Her American classmates found her name too difficult to pronounce correctly, so her father nicknamed her Hedi for the movie star, Hedi Lamarr, that he admired.

"Hedi Pedersen" later married Bill Moran, a publicist in San Francisco. He handles the business aspect of her work, and she says appreciatively of his efforts: "He's as close to having a wife as I'm going to get." The couple moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she took and then taught classes at the Scottsdale Artists School. At first she "hated the desert," not finding the lush colors that are so attractive to her. But her perspective has changed, and she is seeing much beauty in her surroundings.

In 1973, she began studying oil painting. "I love the smell, the feel, everything about it. It's like playing with finger paints when you were a kid." Her work is much influenced by her Norwegian heritage that includes a grandfather noted for colorful paintings of "ships against the sea" and a mother who created award-winning Scandinavian folk art of bright and intricate floral patterns. From her mother, Hedi learned rosemaling, decorative floral painting on wooden plates and spoons.

Moran studied at the Art League of Los Angeles and the Scottsdale Artists School. She has also taken many workshops with instructors that include Joni Falk, Mark Daily, Joyce Pike, Richard Thompson and Richard Schmid. She is past president of the Scottsdale Artists League and on the staff of the Scottsdale Artists School as an instructor in floral oil painting. Her paintings have been featured in Art of the West magazine and appeared in the publication, The Best of Flower Painting by North Light Books. In 1994, her still life, Matilija Poppies won "Best of Show" at the Scottsdale Artists School's "Best and Brightest" exhibition.

She works from her studio at home and occasionally paints outside. In addition to teaching, she takes several workshops a year and also "reads every art book she can lay her hands on." She says: "I want to learn to see more, to be able to put down the intense beauty I see. . . .It's an exciting and wonderful thing.

The Taos Gallery Scottsdale

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