Artwork by Audré

Miami, Florida · 0 Sales


Artwork by Audré

Miami, Florida 0 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Check out the amazing paintings from Audrey Heller!

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Last updated on September 15, 2013
Audrey Heller is my grandmother, and this is her Etsy shop which I am helping put together for her! A self taught artist, Grandma found that she loved to sketch and paint from an early age and was supported in this effort by family and friends. In fact, from my youngest years I have always remembered her in her studio surrounded by amazing oil paintings. In fact, in didn't stop at just painting, her creativity knew no bounds! Painting, poetry, hair, clothes, and even cosmetics! Her cosmetology career alone spanned 30 years! I remember her little hair salon, tucked away in a converted garage in the home she shared with her former husband (Grandpa!), which served the customers she kept after retiring from full time work. Many a silver haired lady came in and left with an amazing blowout and a huge smile. As she got older, art became her life, especially after divorce from grandpa (she is since remarried and they are still the best of friends, thank goodness for us family). In her peak years she showed all over Florida and took commissioned work for private clients, homes, and businesses. Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Weston, West Palm Beach, and galleries in many other places hosted a variety of her paintings. To ask her, she will say that the highlight was her showing at Edna Hibel Gallery in Boyton Beach in 2003. I myself came down from New York City to attend the opening, as excited as she was for this great moment. Unfortunately not much came of that showing, marred as it was by the onset of war in Iraq, and marked the unfortunate decline in her productivity.

Audrey works under the title "Art by Audré" and in the beginning she worked exclusively with oils, creating abstract works of great color and texture. Later she moved to marker art on watercolor paper, finding the medium more accessible and easier to work with as she aged. Stylistically you can see from her work the various periods and influences she went through, with the early abstract oil paintings being mixed with her clown phase where she produced piles of emotive clown portraits. As a kid I had one, as did my sister and cousins! Once she entered her marker period, the abstracts became more geometric, organic, and detailed. The clown portraits gave way to what I can only describe as a middle eastern influence as she experimented with Arab motifs having a decidedly abstract feel. In fact, even though she claims no professional influences, taking her cues only from the world around her, I can find an amazing wealth of influences in her work, from Americana to Middle Eastern, and even Asian influences from the Far East!

Unfortunately advancing age and a host of medical problems cut her career short and she has not produced anything new since 2003. But up until that time she has been amazingly prolific! Her collection numbers in the hundreds and while it is mainly made up of her later marker work, there are still several oil paintings laying around. Of course the majority of them are gracing the walls of friends, family, and fans around the country. Grandma had been asking me for years if I could help her do something with her work, especially as she has been in need of financial assistance which I have done my best to help her with. With the support of her loving daughters and husband, as well as myself, she has managed to keep in good spirits even as her medical conditions keep her from getting around as she would like. At 81 she has the looks and spirit of a woman 20 years younger, but she doesn't get around well at all and her hands no longer let her paint. Her youngest daughter has been an amazing support for her as she lives not far from her, but the rest of her family including myself are far away.

What I am attempting to do her in this Etsy store is to provide some happiness for my grandma! While she certainly needs the money, I think that knowing that her art is getting out and being enjoyed by others will bring her immense happiness! I help her out however I can, but I live in New York City and I don't get to see her as much as I would like to. I'm also not awesome with the phone calls, but I think this little project can help fix that. It brings her happiness and it gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing I am helping her. The paintings are all in Miami Florida and the majority are on water color paper and will be sent in a rolled tube. I will be listing them for what I think is a fair price, but please feel free to contact me about individual pieces you are interested in. The framed pieces are of course more expensive and will take some time to ship. Just keep in mind that Audrey and her husband Norman will be doing the shipping, so it might take a little extra time to get them to you. Please be patient, we are honest people! Also remember that Audrey has many pieces in a particular style, so if you want more than one in a similar format please let us know. Likewise if you a particular piece you like has sold, please contact us so that we can look through the archives and find something you may like.

I hope you enjoy what I have put together here, and know that Audrey loves to write to people. So please free to send email and I will be sure to get you in touch with her. I am managing the store, but she loves to get letters!

Many thanks,

Audrey Heller and her grandson Andrew

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All payment is via Paypal or Etsy Direct payment, and all sales are final unless there is gross mismanagement on our part in getting you your merchandise. Please keep in mind that Audrey is 81, in bad health, and is doing the majority of the order fulfillment with the help of her elderly husband.
We will do our best to get your accurate shipping costs and get the orders out in a reasonable amount of time. Unframed pieces will be sent in a shipping tube via the most economical method, likely US Mail Ground. If you would like an alternative shipping method, please let us know. Framed pieces, especially large ones, will need to be packaged with care and so may take extra time and expense to get them to you safely. All items will be insured for the purchase amount.

Please keep in mind that Audrey is 81, in bad health, and is doing the majority of the order fulfillment with the help of her elderly husband.
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All sales are final unless there is gross mismanagement on our part in getting you your merchandise. Items received damaged will be handled on a case by case basis. Please photograph all damage immediately after receipt so that it can be taken up with the postal service insurance dept.
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If you are interested in a piece that is in the same style as a previously sold piece, please let us know as we may be able to find something in the archives.