Hello! My name is Heather, and I’m a 32-year-old programmer-turned-artist living in Erie, PA. I like to paint pictures that make people smile. I teach painting classes at Claytopia in Erie, I do freelance illustration work, and I sell my work at local art festivals around the area. I’m available for many different art-related projects & services:
- Art instruction (See Painting Classes)
- Illustration work (See my portfolio ~ contact me for a quote)
- Murals (See my portfolio)
- Logo Design
- Children’s Book Illustration
Back in August of 2010, my dad passed away. He left many things behind in this world, including his dream of retiring and spending time on woodworking, his creative passion. It was then that I realized that life is just too short – and we only live once – and I needed to do what I am most passionate about.
I started painting, and I realized that I wanted the vibrant life of my paintings to bring joy to others. I opened up my etsy shop, and it’s all been a great life adventure from there.
Since then, I’ve illustrated a children’s book, written & illustrated my own coloring book, quit my programming job to focus on my art, moved to Erie, PA to live near my family, and sold lots of art to many people all over the world! I’ve had the amazing opportunity to illustrate a mural for the children’s center of the Erie Zoo, and to illustrate EcoBuddies, a children’s recycling program by Funding Factory.
As of today, I’m only partway through my journey… just taking life day by day and waiting to see what happens next!