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I had a great conversation with Canadian artist Heather Horton. With a bubbling infectious laugh Heather gets the cosmic joke and then some. She is very comfortable in her own artistic skin and paints what she likes in the way she likes it.
She also has a lot of business savvy and shares some great tips on workflow, record keeping and social media marketing.
Heather paints figurative paintings that are intimate, contemplative and charged with personal emotion and intent. Her work is collected around the world as well as the permanent collection of the Canadian Embassy in Turkey and the Government of Ontario’s permanent collection.

We talk about whiteboards, Hollywood, cats, golf, and art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are some of the subjects we visit:

  • Early inspirations,
  • Origins of a painting,
  • Recording ideas,
  • Reference material,
  • Painting methods,
  • Color palette,
  • Mediums,
  • Brushes,
  • Substrates,
  • Checking progress,
  • Studio lighting,
  • Rituals,
  • Getting organised,
  • Imparting deeper meaning,
  • Visual storytelling,
  • Painting in the digital age,
  • Self portraits,
  • Meaning of water,
  • Emotional resonance,
  • Favourite artist,
  • Underlying themes,
  • Self-care for artists,
  • Alternate professions,
  • Marketing,
  • Letting go,
  • Prices,
  • Most moving painting to make,
  • Big art dreams,
  • Artistic challenges,
  • Following your heart,

To find out more about Heather and her work go to:
http://heatherhorton.com/

Pivotal painting . . .

Self-portrait: Shield Maiden by Heather Horton | 8″ x 8″

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