August's featured artist, Heather Donis, creates bright and colorful mixed media. We've carried her prints since we opened, so it's so exciting to have the original paintings gracing the walls this month! Join us this Friday, August 10th for a reception and meet and greet with the artist from 7-9!
About Heather, in her own words:
My name is Heather Donis and I have dreamed about doing art since I can remember. My passion is creating and bringing to life my imagination. I find inspiration in everyone, everything, everywhere. I have a need and a desire to communicate my thoughts and painting has been the medium that has felt right.
Describe your work:
My pieces are mini meditations. It always starts as a pretty picture or a thought but as I push the paint around and more thoughts come to me something more emerges. Inspirations have been derived from children’s books illustrations to taking a walk and window shopping. The subject depends on what is happening in my life at the moment and what challenges I am facing hence the meditation part. Mixing whimsical with spirituality and humour, magazine words and images and of course paint, I create something that makes me smile and I hope it will do the same for others. The pieces become little lessons in life that I have learned along the way, manifestations of moments in time that I need to express.
Where do you get inspiration?
Everyone, everything, everywhere. I tend to link to emotions I am feeling at the moment- or maybe a friend is in need and I want to inspire them.
Who are your creative idols? What artists do you look to for inspiration?
Jenny Holzer and John Cage stick out. Jenny because of her use of words and subliminal messages and John because of chance. I also love the rustic beauty of Leonardo da Vinci's work. The Wyeth family is an inspiration just by the emotions that are provoked with their work. I went to Brandywine once just to see the works up close and personal. Of course there are numerous others but these are the ones that bubbled up.
What are you watching or reading right now that provides inspiration or clears your mind?
I love how mythology relates to the world so a few of my favorite TV shows are Fringe, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. They are great for dreaming. Haven't had much time to read but magazines and current events are inspirations.
Where is your studio?
A little room in the house, the kitchen table and I actually do have a little studio in the backyard that was used when I did oils. Sadly it has become a storage area.
How do you get yourself out of a creative or mental block?
Just start going for it when I have the time.
What's your studio playlist?
I usually catch up on podcasts: All Songs Considered, This American Life, The Moth.
I'm handing you a plane ticket...where are you going?