American painter Heather Dawn Batchelor refers to herself as a contemporary expressionist. Her abstract paintings use bold colors and gestures to illustrate her memories and experiences.
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 neighborhood friends 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 the city until her parents moved the family to a horse farm in Boone County, Indiana. Along with animals, Heather grew up with art and music as major influences in 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 The Herron School of Art before finally settling back in her home state of Indiana to raise her two children. Currently, Heather resides in Ocala, FL with her husband and enjoys spending her days in her studio painting everything from small paper pieces to large scale canvas work.
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 five out of seven continents.
After the bags, she returned to her love of painting. In 2018 she started painting again to regain a sense of control of her artistic process and a way to escape into her whimsical fantasy world. Always a storyteller, Heather’s paintings are a glimpse into her imagination where colors and shapes are free to live and play.
Heather’s work has been shown and sold throughout the US and Internationally.