Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Imperial Lion

Imperial Lion

July 6, 2022

This amazing Asian sculpture captured my attention while visiting the pagoda on the Des Moines riverbank near the Botanical Center. more »

Final Chapter

Final Chapter

May 4, 2022

My love affair with the old barns in Iowa continues. I have been roaming the countryside photographing these distinct structures that are full of character. more »

Asian Pagoda, Des Moines

Asian Pagoda, Des Moines

April 28, 2022

Des Moines architecture has always interested me. I usually take a lot of reference photos for a project, choose the best angle to portray it and then complete a drawing to use for the collage's foundation. This pagoda is highly detailed and I had to edit and simplify the shapes. more »

Henhouse Roost

Henhouse Roost

April 25, 2022

This design is a colorful acrylic collage of some henhouse chickens. I used my imagination to create the barn, inspired mostly from my old photo collection, and cut the shapes from my hand-painted acrylic papers. more »

Gerberas & Chairs

Gerberas & Chairs

April 18, 2022

This acrylic collage is a continuation of my series of chairs compositions I began in the late 1980s. ISince then I have challenged myself with different chairs, shapes and backgrounds. more »

Northwind Poppies

Northwind Poppies

April 11, 2022

This acrylic collage is part of my still life project for a joint show at Artisan Gallery 218. This design is a continuation of my Chairs series I began in the 1980s. more »

Woodman Hollow

Woodman Hollow

March 31, 2022

I based this on one of my watercolor prints of a barn in southeast Iowa that I painted many years ago, but I redesigned the composition using big, simple shapes and edited as I worked. more »