Heather’s work is inspired by her memories of growing up in the Midwest while also exploring her interest in both minimalism and abstract expressionism.
"I had always felt torn between two different worlds. I grew up in a small Indiana town, down a dirt road with a towering oak tree out front. We had a big red barn, a chevy pick-up truck and we would play in the corn fields and hay lofts. Growing up, I would dream of a different life in the city; skyscrapers and cement, an energy from the people on the street that could pick you up and carry you along and endless possibilities. I left the country as soon as I could. I couldn’t wait to set foot in NYC, LA, Beijing. I got to do all of the things I wanted to do – travel, study and explore. Then there came a point when I was in the city, among the tall buildings I had always dreamt about, and all I could see where Indiana cornstalks. In the hustle and bustle of people, I began to miss the empty road."
"It seems my entire life I have been balancing these two lives. The country girl and the city girl. The introvert and the artist who must express herself. This struggle continues to play itself out in my art today. I love a simple line on paper and I love the chaos and abundance of the abstract expressionist canvas. One day its small, intimate art works the next it's wall size. One day I'm content to hide in my studio and paint for only myself, the next I must share it with the world. I’ve come to realize that I do not have to choose. Together these things make up who I am, as a woman and as an artist. The struggle keeps me moving, it gives me my inspiration."
Heather was born in Indianapolis and lived in Indy until her parents moved the family to a horse farm in Boone County, Indiana. Heather grew up with art and music a big part of her life, her grandmother was a painter and her father a photographer. After high school, she lived and studied in many different places including NYC, LA, China and Herron School of Art before finally settling back in her home state. She and her husband now live in Zionsville, IN on a mini-farm with 3 horses, 3 dogs, 3 chickens and more barn cats than she cares to admit.
For many years Heather's creative focus was on building an equestrian handbag company. She started by designing whimsical fabrics and sewing bags by hand in her upstairs guest bedroom. Eventually, her bags would be sold globally on 5 out of 7 continents.
After the bags, she returned to her love of painting. Heather’s paintings are a glimpse into her own private world where she uses color and gesture to express her own personal memories and experiences.
-"Rothko said he thought large pictures were like dramas and small pictures were like novels. I don't mind going out to see a show every now and then but I really love curling up with a good book." - heather dawn batchelor
A part of the proceeds from Heather's art goes to support the kNot Today Foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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