I will start by saying that I am thoroughly and unfoundedly impressed.
I am loosely familiar with the medium of oil paint, the closest acquaintance I've come to it has been acrylic; which, I might add, I found perpetually irksome and challenging. Things like blending colors, establishing textures, and overall execution of my visions never came through, so I'm only further amazed toward the incredible aesthetic of this piece. The artist shows a mastery of the trade in this medium, as well as elite conceptualization with the maintenance of a clear color scheme and an understanding of light, anatomy, and physical relations.
The vision shows clear execution with the positioning, angle, and action of the subject matter. Heather clearly had a vivid idea for an image, then carried it through with astounding integrity towards realistically portraying a peaceful concept. The shot at photorealism is in my opinion successful, since I honestly could not tell that it was a painting and the thought had not so much as crossed my mind before I enlarged the image and then achieved verification via the description. The combination of style choice and image is a show of originality in itself, not to mention I have never seen a water-themed traditional image carried out with such elegance and success.
The technique is, needless to say, something of flawlessness. Heather indefinitely is experienced and comprehensive of the medium, bending it with seeming ease toward her desires. There is a vivid show of understand regarding the way light reacts to active water, a rather challenging concept I might add. There is also a representation of her understanding to the manipulation of objects beneath water, as the submerged appendages of the model are distorted very naturally and beautifully.
The impact, all in all, was great. With the beauty and purity of the painting, I have the sudden urge to go jump in a pool. And I don't even like water.