As long as she can remember Heather has been trying to find the right medium to bring a little of her fantasy world into the real world. Whether it was casting the neighborhood kids in her newest play or throwing the best 1980's themed costume party, she always strives to create a big, beautiful story.
Heather was born in Indianapolis and grew up 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. She returned to painting to regain a sense of control of her artistic process and a way to escape into her fantasy world but soon found each painting taking on a life and story of its own. Always a storyteller, Heather’s paintings are a glimpse into her own private world where colors and shapes live and play and create their own characters, settings and adventures.
-"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