My name is Penny Heather, I have been a full-time artist working in Fredericton, NB for the last 3 years after returning back home to the Fredericton from Calgary. I am inspired by the landscapes of my home province, painting in a style I would describe as ‘fantasy realism’, Which results from my observations and impressions of the environment around me. Creating art is a meditation for me; a compass to navigate subconscious thoughts, where recurring patterns become apparent in a visual way that I can share for others to interpret on their own.
My time in New Brunswick has become a core foundation to my art practice. For the last 3 years I have been developing a body of work that represents my unique perspective and story as an East coast artist. I am using art to find a way to connect my personal experience with the personal experiences of others who share this environment with me.
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 was a good company to work for, however 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 3 years I've worked harder than I ever have in my life, and I've loved every minute of it.
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