Last month I went to the opening of a Flora and Fauna exhibition at Spalding Nix Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta. My friend and artist, Katherine Sandoz, (whom I adore to the moon and back) was showcasing the 'flora' while Atlanta artist, Heather Lancaster, was introducing the 'fauna.' As soon as I spied Heather's fantastic large format ostrich pieces, I knew I needed to learn more...
When Katherine introduced me to Heather, I quickly learned that she was a dedicated and passionate artist excited to share her latest body of work. This was the first time Heather had tried her hand at large format fine art and she was as equally pleased by the reaction as she was enthralled by the beauty and form of an ostrich. Although many may see ostriches as quite the odd bird, Heather's long periods of observation and study revealed to her just how graceful, strong, complex and beautiful they are. For this collection, she incorporated graphite, sepia washes, black India ink and charcoal.
Heather's career evolved out of her creating small drawings and prints for her children which were soon requested by friends and then friends of friends. Slowly, a business was born and animals were almost always her focus of study. Heather, "I was always drawing and painting. But I don't know if I knew what I wanted to be, I only knew exactly where I wanted to be and that was outside, around plants and animals, family and old houses."
Heather's work will continue to be on exhibit at Spalding Nix Fine Art Gallery until July 30 (along with Katherine Sandoz's flora work which is truly spectacular). Go have a look a person if you get the chance or learn more about Heather's complete body of work, which includes all manner of interesting animals, domestic and otherwise, here.