Artist / Illustrator
For someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously, Heather Theurer has a knack for creating artwork that connects with the viewer at the core of the human spirit as well as breaks through boundaries set by the human mind to reach for something beyond. The result? A visual journey into the transcendent, giving those who experience it a few moments in a sublime alternate reality.
Heather’s paintings are the product of decades of observation of people, environments, animals and textiles. Although she was not able to obtain a formal education in art, all her studies of the natural world, in addition to the works of great artists including the Renaissance Masters, the Pre-Raphaelites of the late 19th century and modern masters have influenced he work in a way she couldn’t imagine getting in a classroom.
Themes in her work include religious symbolism, fantasy realism, equine and wildlife, and bold reworking of licensed characters. Her process in painting is constantly morphing as she applies new techniques, but most often consist of a multitude layers of oil paint and glazes (as many as 20 or so in some cases) to reach the desired depth and detail that dominates her work.
The breadth of her work spans projects ranging from whimsical children’s books to licensed, creative interpretations of Disney characters to immense paintings full of detail and expression. Heather’s award-winning art has not only been spotlighted on national television, but has been included in Forbes Magazine, Spectrum Fantastic, posts by MTV and hung in galleries in the Disney Parks. Currently, her work is being exhibited in the Art Renewal Center’s international show in Barcelona, Spain after having just returned from another exhibition with the Society of Illustrators in New York. Discerning collectors from around the world have acquired and continue to acquire her work as it continually grows and evolves.