Some stories begin on well-trod roads accessorized with shiny accolades and billboard accomplishments. The story of an artist, however, often begins in the quiet, shadowed recesses of creative imagination, a place unrecognizable to most. It is just such a beginning that gave birth to the career of artist Heather Theurer. During predawn painting sessions during summer breaks from school in Paradise...
Some stories begin on well-trod roads accessorized with shiny accolades and billboard accomplishments. The story of an artist, however, often begins in the quiet, shadowed recesses of creative imagination, a place unrecognizable to most. It is just such a beginning that gave birth to the career of artist Heather Theurer. During predawn painting sessions during summer breaks from school in Paradise, Utah, Theurer would wake up to breathe in the crisp air and watch the sun rise and glow through the dewy, thick blades of grass on the lawn. Ideas sprung from thunderstorms, the difficulties of working on a small farm, and from the loyal companionship of pets, among other things. It was these personal experiences that combined to shape the narrative behind each forthcoming creation. "Great art, in my opinion, is created as a result of deep life experiences translated into the medium you're working in," said Theurer.
Although she did not obtain a formal education in art or receive extra training, Theurer has spent her entire life in pursuit of creative expression. 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-nineteenth century and modern masters have influenced her work in a way she couldn't imagine getting in a classroom. Born in Virginia and raised in the countryside outside Salt Lake City, Theurer knew she was going to be an artist from the moment she could pick up a pencil. From as early as her pre-school years, she knew that expressing her inner self through art was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. "When my parents asked me at the age of three what I was going to grow up to be, I said, ‘a famous artist.' I've been working at that ever since," she said. "I finally went professional about 18 years ago." From that point of view, life itself became the paint on the brush as well as the driving force behind everything she committed to canvas.
Yet, it was from her own father that she learned one of her most valuable lessons - observe. It was a simple enough concept, but it stuck. Theurer's paintings are the product of decades of observation of people, of environments, of animals and of textiles, as well as the convergence of every piece of knowledge and compassion that came attached to them. The wonder and magic of Disney movies, both the imagery and the music, also helped cultivate her ideas that began to take form in painting. Now, boldly recreating Disney characters in a realistic, evocative way has become an exciting new passion. Lucky for Disney fans.
Themes in her work include religious symbolism, fantasy realism, wildlife, and boldly reimagined Disney characters. Her process in painting is constantly evolving, as she develops and perfects new techniques. Most of her work consists of a multitude layers of paint and glazes (as many as twenty, in some cases) to reach the desired depth and detail that dominates her work. To Theurer, every painting is personal, but not necessarily in the way most might think. "I don't necessarily want the viewer to have the same response to my painting as I have. Instead, my hope is that the expression I paint on the board through hours of observation and execution of detail will speak to them in a way that ignites thoughts and feelings unique to them."
Most of her paintings are constructed in the midst of a bustling family life with five children in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although that poses a multitude of challenges of its own, as a mother to five children, she also somehow finds time to paint for clients like publisher Harper Collins and Hidden City Games. It could be that Theurer may be a new breed of superhero - Loving mother and prolific artist. "My studio is an open, walk-through space in our home, so my kids are always able and welcome to be a part of what I do, although that doesn't necessarily make it easy to accomplish projects. Art is my passion, but my family is my love, so there is a delicate balance that I am always very aware of and that requires specific attention so that I don't mess up what's most important. And sometimes that means putting my art aside. But now that all of them are in school, I do get a few precious quiet hours during the day to focus only on my artwork."
She wouldn't have it any other way. In fact, she says, it is her children who have most shaped her creativity and matured her as an artist over the years. "Life with my children has expanded my view of life and the universe and the eternities in a way that has given my art a new dimension and depth of meaning that wasn't there before I had them... Most of my paintings in some way or another have been inspired by my children. Either by an experience or struggle we were going through, or simply something they said or did that sparked an idea. I've actually snagged some ideas from drawings my 10 year old drew for one of my dragons."
Shared and collected around the world, Theurer's paintings have garnered publicity from USA Today, the LA Times, as well as recognition and awards from respected organizations such as Art Renewal Center, Artist's Magazine and Spectrum, among others. Most exciting, it has garnered contracts with Disney Fine Art and Fantasy Con. When she's not working or tending to her brood, she enjoys painting murals and trompes l'oiel.
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