Santa Fe, NM
Heather Foster’s work is a glimpse into the quirky and thoughtful faces of characters that gaze back at the viewer. She often utilizes a unique perspective to reinforce a whimsical or imposing insight. Heather has spent many hours traversing both cities and ranches, meeting animals and people that have become subjects in her paintings.
“My paintings communicate the spirit of those around us; sometimes people on a crowded train and sometimes a beautiful, unique animal. I am actively painting several different series. One of these is my cattle series, which I have been working for over ten years. In order to create this series, I have visited ranches and farms, where I thoroughly enjoy meeting the animals. I hope that each painting conveys this affection and tells a different story, making the viewer wonder exactly what may be going on in the animal’s heads and also inspiring a direct connection between the viewer and the subject. I am very grateful to the caretakers, who have shared their time, their knowledge, and their animals with me.”
Heather works with acrylic paints in a layering process that shows the under-painting in select areas and varies its completeness in a way that encourages the viewer’s eye to move across the canvas. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and also included in various publications, including, “Art Journey New Mexico”, c 2009“, “Horses in Art”, c 2018, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and Western Art Collector.
In her early educational years, she took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia College of Art. She moved on to study at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, MD, where she received a BFA in General Fine Arts. After spending her youth on the East Coast, she ventured west and now lives in Santa Fe, NM. She currently divides her time between teaching in a glass fusing studio, being a mother, and painting.