About Heather June

Heather was born and raised in suburban Connecticut towns, and has fostered a love of art since early childhood. Her social and outgoing nature and genuine interest in people have driven her to the field of portraiture. Her most recent focus is portraiture of both human and animal subjects.

Heather obtained a BA in both Illustration and Photography from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. She completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Heather’s work has been included in many group shows at local galleries such as La Salle Market in Collinsville, Connecticut and Danbury Art and Frame, and Ella’s Limited Fine Arts and Framing in Bantam, Connecticut.

Artist Statement

My art is my way of life. It is how I breathe, it describes me better than words ever could, and it is a direct reflection of who I am. It is inspired by the very essence of my life, because it is from this essence that I pull from when making art. And as I am a very emotive and passionate person, my art is as well. When I am at a low, my art weeps with me, and when I am content with life, my art is exuberant and full of vigor. I also find that my subject matter of choice – people – allows me to devote more emotion to the work and get more emotion out of it in return.

I love the entire process of art-making. I start with a concept, and I’ll draw it out in rough sketches. Then once I form a concrete idea in my mind, I’ll use my other love – photography – to set up the scenario and photograph my subject(s). I then work from my photographs to make the final piece. I even love the process of cleaning up after I’ve finished an intense art session!

I have been drawing since I can remember, and although I have dabbled in a wide variety of media, it is with soft pastels and charcoal that I feel most confident and comfortable. I love the matte intensity that charcoal provides, and the intensity and range of colors that I achieve through pastels. I am very tactile when I work, so I often find myself “sculpting” in these mediums by applying pigment to my fingers to then apply them to the substrate. Throughout my academic studies I have developed an extensive control over these mediums, so I can still evoke subtleties, detail and nuance, despite their sometimes “messy” reputation. My most recent artistic development is my use of soft pastels to render a variety of textures in realistic portraits of both human and animal subjects.

Education

2017: Academy of Art University: San Francisco, CA

           MFA, Painting: 2014 - 2017

2014: Johnson State College: Johnson, VT

          Graduate Studies, MFA Program in Studio Arts

2013: Western Connecticut State University: Danbury, CT

           Bachelor of Arts, Illustration

           Bachelor of Arts, Photography

Exhibitions

Solo

2018: Litchfield First Congregational Church - Litchfield, CT

2017: Ella’s Limited Fine Art and Framing Gallery - Bantam, CT

2012: Burlington Public Library - Burlington, CT

Group

2015: LaSalle Market - Collinsville, CT

2014: LaSalle Market - Collinsville, CT

2013: Danbury Art & Frame - Danbury, CT

2013: Undergraduate Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition - Danbury, CT

2012: LaSalle Market - Collinsville, CT

2012: Undergraduate Illustration Senior Thesis Exhibition - Danbury, CT

2010: Molten Java - Bethel, CT

Professional Experience

2018 - Present: Framer, Hartford Fine Art and Framing. East Hartford, CT

2014 - 2018: Framer, Ella’s Limited Fine Arts and Framing. Bantam, CT

2014 - Present: Art Class Instructor, Walnut Hill Co-Op. Bethel, CT

                         (Grades 3-12)

2013: Show Change Assistant, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Ridgefield, CT

           (Amelie Chabannes: Double Portraits and a Fourth Hand)

2012: Teaching Assistant, Western Connecticut State University. Danbury, CT

          (Drawing I, Spring 2012)

©  2017 Heather June Art

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