Born in 1978 in Tarrytown, New York, Heather Chontos lives and works today in Cercles, France. Chontos’s abstracted compositions reveal her relentless gestural movements around the raw canvas laid on her studio floor. An episode of temporary blindness during her childhood may have been the starting point for her artistic practice. Fascinated by light and color, Chontos has since been inspired by the visual landscapes of her surroundings as she allows her intuition to take over the surface of her canvases. Unsatisfied with conventional brushes and techniques, she has found alternative ways to paint using objects such as pieces of broken glass, and most recently painting with the flat edges of found plastic cards. As she seeks further closeness to the medium, she lifts invisible burdens and offers her alternative vision of the world, one composed of color, harmony, balance, and inner contemplation. Chontos’s color-field painting, somewhere between landscapes and abstraction, creates rhythm, motion, and depth through overlapping patches of saturated hues.