ABOUT THE ARTIST. Willow is a visual artist, illustrator, storyteller, creative crafter, and art instructor. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries since the young age of 14 and has been instructing art courses throughout the Seattle area since 2000.
BORN IN THE WILD. Born in the remote Alaskan wilderness Willow Heath spent the early years of her childhood outside of civilization on a Yukon homestead. Willow's later childhood was a nomadic existence immersed in arts and culture as she traveled the United States in a converted school bus with her artist mother. Willow has gained a reputation in many Seattle schools as the "storytelling artist", her students are absolutely enthralled listening to tales of Willows Alaskan childhood adventures, which she also brings to life in her classroom illustrations.
WILLOWS VISUAL ART is composed of vignette inspirations each displaying Willow's eye for detail, experimental techniques, and love of the medium. "Each new painting represents a new inspiration for me, and a joyful experimentation between subject, medium, and technique." When asked why she doesn't commit to one subject. The artist laughs. "I seriously adore the freedom to be fickle in my art. My love of portrait painting is equal to my love of watercolor nature scenes, and equal still to my love of painting children's illustrations."
Willow lives in SEATTLE where she instructs painting courses, paints galaxies, portraits, the occasional galaxy portrait. When she does not have her nose in a book or her toes in the mud, you can find Willow at Gage Academy of Art, Pratt Fine Art, and Coyote Central.
In 2018 Willow worked with author Caroline Wright and to create a children's book to help young children process grief. Look for Lasting Love (Rodale Kids) wherever books are sold this summer 2019.
TEACHING ARTIST. Willow Heath is a teaching artist who loves teaching art as much as she loves creating it, and views her teaching as an essential learning tool in her artistic process. As a visual artist I craft my paintings from my personal inspirations, and as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create their own inspirations. "I feel that it is very important to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculum that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process. Through teaching I develop a greater understanding of my own creative process and am able to provide my students with a solid foundation to express their artistic visions."