The Call of the Land

Arabella - - NEWS - De­bra Usher

writ­ten by "I love to Paint and I Paint what I love"

Heather Pant was born in Daven­port, Iowa, and then adopted and raised by her lov­ing, adop­tive par­ents in Elmhurst, Illi­nois, just out­side of Chicago. A won­der­ful place to grow up, where the art cul­ture is fab­u­lous. From an early age, Heather was al­ways sur­rounded by great ar­chi­tec­ture, mu­se­ums and gal­leries. Early in her ca­reer she pur­sued graphic de­sign, and painted on the side for many years. She had a few gallery shows in Chicago and, as a mem­ber of the Wheaton art league, par­tic­i­pated in dif­fer­ent art events. "I did por­traits on the side to make ex­tra money," says Heather, "but I re­ally had a call­ing to paint the land, so I slowly de­vel­oped into a land­scape painter." Heather was lucky that her adopted mother, Char­lotte, pushed her to be creative and fol­low her heart. Heather gives Char­lotte credit for putting the first paint brush in her hand. But it was her birth mother, Paula, who gave Heather her ge­netic make-up; and the abil­ity to use the paint brush. "Later, it was my hus­band who pushed me to pur­sue the dream and live by the paint brush."

left, Rap­tur­ous Canyon, acrylic on can­vas, 24" x 36" above, Mighty Mcarthur, acrylic on can­vas, 36" x 36"

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