About the artist
It was in the midst of a chaotic childhood that Heather first discovered the therapeutic effect of drawing. By the age of nine, she knew she wanted to make cartoons for a living. Heather enjoyed spending time by herself, watching cartoons and drawing her favorite animated characters. She began creating other worlds to spend time in. Worlds filled with funny aliens, fairy guardians and sometimes dark menacing dragons.
As an introvert, visual art became Heather's preferred form of communication. The cryptic symbolism she used in her art felt safer and more natural than trying to form emotions into words and sentences. Even at the young age of nine, Heather felt that she needed to share the ideas she felt passionate about.
Heather is primarily a self taught artist. With a sprinkling of art classes here and there, a dash of helpful colleague feedback and the treasury of online tutorials, she has managed to become rather proficient with a variety of mediums. For most of her childhood and through her teenage years, Heather mainly used graphite and colored pencils. In 2002 she began to learn how to use acrylic paint and watercolor. In 2012 she started using clay and fiber to create 3D figures. Presently, Heather enjoys combining mediums to create her work.
For the majority of her art career, Heather chose to hide behind the moniker, Colibrí, a name given to her by a Yaqui shaman in 1999. For so many years, it felt safer to disassociate from her creative work. To believe that her work was not of her, but that she only served as a vessel through which the creative expression flowed. Over the last couple of years, Heather has learned to accept responsibility for the unique style that only she can express. Still believing that the imagination is much larger than herself and recognizing that there is an unexplainable magic and mystery to life. Heather now feels more like a collaborative partner with creativity and not just a tool for the creative flow.
Mysterious Others is her current project. A world that has been created from one of her favorite places to be, the world of wonder. By bringing this project out into the light of the public eye, Heather hopes to engage with children of all ages (including the child the lives within every adult). To inspire imagination and creative play. To encourage thoughts about the unexplainable forces that we live with every day. To help you step outside of the day to day mundane activities of life and stop for a moment to take in how much magic we are surrounded by. To help you create a more magical and inspiring atmosphere at home. To uplift your heart a little, one magical creature at a time.
When she isn't working in the studio, Heather likes to spend time hanging out with her two adorable sons and her loving supportive partner (who also happens to be an incredible singer/songwriter/musician, check him out Kent M. Smith).