My Name is Penny Heather and I am an artist. My work is an expression of my inner self and spirit; I am drawn to light and brightness and I want to infuse my work with that joy. I strive to recreate the effect of spectacular positive energy that I feel as an artist and share it with others through my use of colours and subjects.
As a child in a military family I became very accustomed to travelling and moving often, which is a practice I have carried into adulthood that greatly inspires my art. In 2014 I graduated from Bishops University with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts with honours in studio practice. Immediately after I graduated I moved to Calgary, Alberta where I worked as a Concept Artist for 3 years. While Calgary taught me many things and was the start of my career as an independent artist, I became restless and frustrated working for someone else. It wasn't a bad company to work for, I just came to the realization that my energy, ideas, & goals were best put into the growth & development of my own business. I worked 8 hours at the company everyday and then would come home and work another 6 hours on my own projects, slowly building my body of work and skills as an artist. In 2017 my husband and I realized that the pursuit of money wasn't enough for us, we needed to radically change our lives and pursue our dreams. We sold nearly everything we owned, packed what was left into our 85' Westfalia Vanagon and headed East towards family and the unknown.
I arrived to my home town of Fredericton, New Brunswick on Thanksgiving Day of 2017 without a job or a plan. As I waited to hear back from positions that I half-heartedly applied for around town I knew I had to pay bills, so I decided to make money in the only way that I knew I could at the time; by making art. One commission led to another, and to another until I was booked up weeks in advance. I came to realize that not only working as a professional artist was possible, but also that I never wanted to do anything else again. In the past 2 years I've worked harder than I ever have in my life, and I've loved every minute of it.
As a travelling artist I have gotten to experience many amazing sights and I am exhilarated by the unique elements of the environment around me. Painting is my way of sharing that energetic connection in a visually impactful way. I want my paintings to attract those who love nature the same way that I do, but also those that want art that reflects their own spirit and energy as well. When I paint it’s a spiritual experience, as though I am channeling all of my invisible, positive energy into a physical creation that I am able to put back out into the environment around me.