Heather La Force

About La Force

La Force (b. 1983) is a distinguished multimedia artist specializing in ​painting ​and collage. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ​Painting from the State University of New York College at Potsdam in ​2007, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of ​Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University in 2012.


In her paintings, La Force employs oil on panel to craft intimately detailed ​portraits that transcend traditional flattery. Instead, her work confronts and ​challenges the idealized self-perceptions of her subjects, unveiling ​aspects of beauty that are often overlooked or under-appreciated.


Contrasting with her meticulous paintings, her collages are driven by ​humor and spontaneity, embodying playful and intuitive exploration of her ​artistic impulses. This dichotomy between the disciplined precision of her ​painting and the liberating unpredictability of her collage work creates a ​harmonious balance within her broader creative practice.


La Force continues to live and work in Massachusetts.


Portrait of La Force, a multimedia artist specializing in painting and collage. Her detailed oil portraits challenge idealized self-perceptions, while her playful collages explore artistic spontaneity. She holds an MFA from Tufts University.
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Heather M. La Force

Education

2012

2007

Master of Fine Arts

School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, ​Boston. In partnership with Tufts University


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

State University of New York, College at Potsdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

“FRIENDS: A Conversation”, Brickbottom Gallery, ​Somerville, MA


“Art Alumni Invitational 2023”, Gibson Gallery, ​Potsdam, NY



Work

Experiments on Canvas

Portraits 2015 - 2019

Portrait of a man named Greg, painted in oil on a 10x10 inch panel in 2024. The painting features Greg with a serene expression, set against a green background.

Greg

10 x 10 in, oil on Panel, 2024

(In private collection)


Glenn

18 x 18 in oil on panel

(In Private Collection)


Goss

18 x 18 in, oil on panel

Raised From Hell Kicking

& screaming

36 x 36 in, oil on panel, 2016

Sourpuss

20 x 24 in, oil on panel, ​2012-2016

(in private co​llection)

Erica

18 x 18 in, oil on Panel, 2019

(In private collection)


Hebb

18 x 18 in, oil on Panel, 2019

Angry Mother

24 x 24 in oil on panel

It Must Be a Full Moon!

36 x 36 in, oil on panel, 2016

I’m Back!

12 x 12 in, oil on panel, 2016

(in private collection)


Cenedella

18 x 18 in oil on panel


Maniacal Laughter

18 x 18 in, oil on panel, 2016-2019

Jeffrey

36 x 36 in oil on Panel

Hissing Terror

& Becker’s Oblivion

36 x 36 in, oil on panel,

Arnon

18 x 18 in, oil on panel, 2015

Invisible Lady

36 x 48 in, oil on panel, 2016

Tasty

24 x 36 in, oil on panel, 2016

Other Projects

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Prints $75.00

Stickers $​4.00

may 2025

Tees $25.50

Heather La Force

Lets ​collaborate

As a portrait painter, I aim to connect with others on a deep, soulful level and am currently seeking ​collaboration opportunities with fellow creatives, organizations, and enthusiasts who share a love ​for art, wellness, and music. Whether you are interested in co-creating a unique art project, ​organizing a wellness retreat, or producing a musical piece, I would love to explore the possibilities ​together. Let’s merge our talents and visions to create something truly extraordinary. If you are as ​excited about this as I am, please reach out, and let’s start a conversation. I am looking forward to ​the magic we can create together!

la​force@me.com

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