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I'm so happy you're here! I've been an artist since birth, really. I love creating with color. I always gravitated toward any project in school that dealt with color, and began drawing at an early age. Growing up in the small southern town of Vidalia, GA., there wasn't a huge selection of art supplies, but I made do. Boy, I must've begged my Mom for any and every art supply the local Piggly Wiggly had to offer! =) That wasn't much, as you can imagine, but they had Crayola Crayons (the Big Box, too, with a sharpener built into the box - oh, heaven!), some watercolors, posterboard, basically enough to satisfy my toddler curiosity of yellow + blue = green.

During Christmas time, with the help of the Sear's Wish Book, I was able to expand my little home art studio. Oh, the joy of the little 3' easel, with it's double sides, the wooden art boxes that actually had REAL paints, the small palette that…

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  • Born on February 28
  • Joined April 27, 2011

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oil paints, big fat paint brushes, little teeny tiny paint brushes, gallery wrapped canvases, my awesome easel, my best studio ever

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I'm so happy you're here! I've been an artist since birth, really. I love creating with color. I always gravitated toward any project in school that dealt with color, and began drawing at an early age. Growing up in the small southern town of Vidalia, GA., there wasn't a huge selection of art supplies, but I made do. Boy, I must've begged my Mom for any and every art supply the local Piggly Wiggly had to offer! =) That wasn't much, as you can imagine, but they had Crayola Crayons (the Big Box, too, with a sharpener built into the box - oh, heaven!), some watercolors, posterboard, basically enough to satisfy my toddler curiosity of yellow + blue = green.

During Christmas time, with the help of the Sear's Wish Book, I was able to expand my little home art studio. Oh, the joy of the little 3' easel, with it's double sides, the wooden art boxes that actually had REAL paints, the small palette that looked just like what "real" artists use...I thought the sky was the limit, and with each addition, I just knew my studio was complete.

I believe my Mom understood that my passion for art wasn't going away, whether it was drawing, painting, or sculpting with Play-Doh. I'll never forget her look of horror when she checked on me in my room, and found me stuffing my brand new Snoopy Sno Cone Machine full of Play-Doh. (It doesn't churn out that well, by the way.) But she's always been super-fantastic, and supported my every artistic whim.

Fast forward to college, at Georgia Southern University, where I began my college career with an "Undecided" major. I was torn, as you're always told that "you can't make a living with art." So from Undecided, I went into Interior Design (artsy enough, right?), but was turned off by all the math involved. Who knew?!? I've always excelled at math, so it wasn't a problem, I just didn't enjoy math. Still not believing in myself enough to make the leap to a Fine Art major, I went the route of Psychology. I enjoyed that, but didn't stick with it, either. I took studio art classes when my schedule would allow it, but didn't take the bull by the horns and declare it as my major.

I eventually transferred schools to move from the small town of Statesboro, GA to Atlanta, GA, and found my calling at Georgia Perimeter College. This is where I decided, "Heather, life is too short! Do what you should have done in the first place!" and majored in Fine Art. I graduated with a 4.0, and loved every class I had. Oh, the supplies for classes!! I was in hog heaven!

It wasn't until after all those studio art classes that I decided to focus on oil paintings on canvas. It was the only logical choice for me, as watercolors never behaved for me the way I thought they should, acrylics dry too quickly for me to be able to manipulate them as much as I'd like, sculpting (which is a BLAST) requires some serious studio space and tools, and charcoal drawings are a personal favorite, but not as easy to transport, and I miss strikingly beautiful color when I work with that medium. Oh, how I loved gouache, pastels, oil pastels, you name it. (I've never met an art supply that I didn't devour!) But, alas, oil paints have won my heart. I prefer oils because of their buttery consistency, and relish the slow drying process. This allows me to push and pull, blend and manipulate the colors into pleasing representations of my views.

So now, here I am, in the Land of Lincoln, as my husband was transferred by his company to Illinois last year. I'm having a great time exploring a new state and everything it has to offer. (I had to get snow boots for the winter! We don't own snow boots in GA!) I've been focusing on flowers since the move, and I'm learning and growing as an artist everyday. I apologize for being fairly long-winded here, but I do tend to ramble when I'm excited, and I'm just tickled pink that you're here, checking out my art and what I do with all my AWESOME supplies! Thank you for dropping by, and please check back often, as I can't stop creating beautiful paintings, so there's always new work to be had from the wonderful studio of Heather Watson Art!

Now go have the most fabulous day EVER! I will if you will!! =)

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