It’s no secret that I had always dreamt of becoming a professional artist when I grew up. I was in a constant search for knowledge—and still am—for anything that would better my technique and creativity. I am so grateful to all those artists who I have both known personally in the flesh and those of the past who I have come to know through the study of their lives and work. But in my undying thirst for self-mastery and progress, I often wonder if I’m giving enough back or offering enough to others who may parallel me in my artistic quest. I would like to think that I have a positive influence on others, even if I’m not sitting down in a classroom with them or conducting a workshop.
My daughter, now 13, has given me a little bit of hope. While I do share some knowledge of technique with her and even go so far as to give a less-than-gushing critique on occasion to keep her on top of her game, she’s figured out how to create amazing artwork simply by observing. So, I’d like to share a few pieces of an up-and-coming artist that I admire for both her tenacity and drive to improve. If I can make a difference here, I can certainly hope to be a light to others and readily offer what I have learned. Cue, Aubrey…
“Thaddeus No. 5” – Full-page spread from my children’s book, “Thaddeus the Boss”
Study of my character “Thaddeus” done when Aubrey was 7 years old
from “Thaddeus the Boss”
Copy study of Thaddeus’ father – 2017
Just a bite for now, but as a proud mama, you’ll be privy to seeing more of her work in future posts…
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 her 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 Disney characters. Her process in painting is constantly morphing as she applies new techniques, but most often consist of a multitude layers of paint and glazes (as many as 20 or so in some cases) to reach the desired depth and detail that dominates her work.
Shared and collected around the world, Heather Theurer’s paintings are constructed in the midst of a bustling family with five children in Las Vegas, Nevada. Regardless of the challenges, her art has gone on to get the attention of USA Today and the LA Times, garnered contracts with Disney Fine Art and Fantasy Con, and received recognition and awards from respected organizations such as Art Renewal Center, Artist’s Magazine and Spectrum, among others.