Artist Spotlight: Heather Blanton

In celebration of spring and the coming of sun, we also embrace the outdoors especially this time of year! Ringing in competition and reviving the human spirit, American painter and photographer, Heather Blanton—known for her graphite + acrylic works, latest series “Sports” has art-buyers and sport enthusiasts alike rushing for the finish line of MINE!

“My works are focused on the energy of the race,” Blanton explains of her “Sports” series. “They are easily distinguishable by compositional elements of color and form. By creating dialog between the viewer and the subject matter, this series is a cohesive collection of flat images with a chaotic, pattern-like style where the lines and negative spaces are almost as important as the subject matter.”

“My work is energy made to manifest. The human spirit thriving on excellence only brought through competition. They are celebrations of the humans spirit and the will to win.” —Heather Blanton

A professional artist since 2004, Blanton has successfully shown in nearly 50 exhibitions and her work can be found in public and private collections around the globe from Amsterdam and Atlanta to Manhattan and Miami. She has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets and continues to work as the conduit to capture her client’s passions of skiing, cycling, golfing, horse racing, and everything in between.

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Currently Living: Saint Augustine, FL

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

“I started showing 18 years ago in Jacksonville, FL. I moved to NYC 4 years later and showed some up there. I have been showing continuously since I have always wanted to be an artist, but was not encouraged as my parents did not believe it was a career choice but rather a hobby. It started with commercial photography at age 23 and moved into fine art photography 18 years ago at age 27. I have been painting now for a little over 5 years.”

Describe your aesthetic in three words: “impressionistic, pop-art, minimalism”

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

“I meditate a lot, pray more and do focused visualizations for manifestation. I watch many true story sports movies and youtube videos of sports I don’t understand so that I can paint them more accurately.”

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

“My first large marathon 60″ x 48″ is one of my favorites. There are hundreds if not thousands of little runners on it.  I have moved into a more minimal style but i love that chaotic piece. It hangs in my kitchen as I can’t part with it yet.”

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

“My sisters inspire me. Claire, my elder sister is a partner at RSM and travels internationally with her current position. She wins awards constantly and has been a light of shining achievement. Holly, my twin sister is also an artist and works harder than any artist I’ve ever seen. Ashley, my younger sister is a mom to four kids and makes rustic furniture. We have a strong support system and encourage each other.”

Holly & Heather Blanton

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

“Being an artist is a true priviledge but does have many challenges. Trying to sell work consistently, pay bills, no health insurance, no retirement, no consistency all have serious stress level complications.”

How do you approach/overcome them?

“I try to take care of myself as much as possible with a strict healthy diet, exercise, mediation, prayer, reading a lot and try to stay away from drama and the news as much as possible.”

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

“I am currently in 11 galleries across the u.s.  I have been making a living on art full time for almost 15 years.”

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

“I paint in my home. I have a little room with north and south windows so it has nice light.”

A random fact about you:

“I am an animal freak I have three dogs but love all animals.”

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

“I love going anywhere new. I have been to many places around the world,  a few favorites are Holland, Ireland, Spain and India.”

What are you currently reading?

“Daily Rituals. A book about creatives and their daily routines.”

What are you currently listening to?

“Vinyl! I am a vinyl freak and have been collecting them for over a decade. In the studio I love opera and classical because words I understand sometimes distract me.”

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

“I can’t even think about it. I can’t do anything else!!”

ANFA Gallery is so thrilled to be representing Heather Blanton, and have loads of her work in stock! For yourself, a casual gold lover of professional bike racer—there is something for every fan or fanatic!

Now on Pinterest! See Heather Blanton’s board here!

To view the inventory for Blanton’s work at our gallery, please click here!

—Written by, Sophie Lane at ANFA Gallery