About

BIOGRAPHY

My love of art solidified by 3rd grade with a first prize ribbon at the county fair for my masterpiece in glue and chalk – a macaw. I took every art and life science class and lettered in drama. My parents insistence on college won out over life on a communal farm and I earned a BA in studio art, new media (meaning digital arts) from CSU Chico. After a stint in San Diego animating for Starfall, trips to Europe, Thailand, and Burning Man, I settled in Sacramento. I teach illustration and Web design, make websites, and every day – with passion and love –  make art.

Artist Statement

Wouldn’t it be funny if…” is how most of my projects start. If you have a vivid dream about a pancake doing something that pancakes don’t do – you will think differently about your breakfast. When your perception shifts, it might make you chuckle, or perhaps, reconsider your opinion.”

Through collage, printmaking, cyanotype, ink and paint, Heather assembles stories and memories to amuse and delight.

Experience

2017

  • In May: Art of the Bike at Two Rivers Cider, Sacramento CA
  • In May: Art Installation at First Festival, Sacramento CA
  • Totem Spirits in Art, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • Cafe Colonial Art Showcase, Sacramento, CA
  • Art for Krys Benefitting Art Street, Ruhstaller Taproom, Sacramento, CA

2016

2015

  • TUBE Market, California Auto Museum, Sacramento, CA
  • Small Works, Capitol Artworks, Sacramento, CA.

Press/Publications

  • Article in Viewpoint and Sactown about Curtis Park Art Crawl, part of Verge Open Studios Tour.
  • Printmaking demo and interview on Good Day Sacramento at Make / Do, January 20, 2016
  • Tube Magazine, December 2015
  • Cover image of (detail) Magazine, A Journal of Art Criticism published by the South Bay Women’s Caucus for Art, 2002

Education

  • Studied figure drawing under Laura Hohlwein, Sacramento City College, 2016
  • Studied Assemblage and Collage under Michael Stevens and Suzanne Adan, Sacramento City College, 2016
  • Studied Printmaking under Emily Wilson, Sacramento City College, 2015
  • BA in Studio Art: New Media, California State University, Chico, 2000 (Studied Digital Art under Nanette Wylde)

Affiliations

Member of Blue Line Arts, Member of Verge Center for the Arts, Crocker Art Gallery Member.

Why Not Print on Brand New Shirts?

Well, in short, it’s wasteful. Here’s a pretty good video that sums up the problem.

“California residents generated a twenty-year average of 10.7 lbs/person/day of disposed materials from 1990 through 2010” (CalRecycle, 2012). Any bit of reuse helps materials stay in circulation slightly longer, tenaciously avoiding the landfill. One of my goals is to reuse and repurpose materials in art, giving them new jobs or meaning.

I scour thrift stores to find clean, lightly worn wearables and bags to print on, giving fabrics a second life. I use thrifted clothing scraps in my fabric brooches too. Other thrifted gems I dismantle and use in assemblage. I’m interested in the previous lives of our things and how their history comments on our present lives.