My painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers). Abstracted floral forms and decorative elements make an appearance, like dreams of old-fashioned textiles. With these paintings, I celebrate the surface.
Heather studied architecture at Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which gave her a love of structure and a fascination with how people choose to decorate the spaces and things around them. She has an indiscriminate love of pattern and color, adores the handmade and the accidental, and has a great fondness for the imperfect. Beginning her art practice in collage and mixed media, she transitioned to painting to have more control over colors and materials. Since 2007, she's been painting in her tiny studio within a gallery in the Mission Bernal neighborhood of San Francisco. She's a professionally-trained baker and enjoys travel as often as she possibly can manage it, studying foreign languages and collecting vintage (ie loud) neckties.