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“My work is energy made manifest. The human spirit thriving on excellence only brought through competition. They are celebrations of the humans spirit and the will to win.”
Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1973, Heather Blanton is a self taught artist. Together with her twin sister, Holly, she started making art immediately in life; everything in the home quickly became a new medium or drawing surface. After graduating from high school in Central Florida, she decided to pursue art as a career and enrolled in the photography program at The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in South Florida. Eighteen months later, Heather moved back to Jacksonville and shot some commercial and portrait work, but it wasn’t until a few years later that she would meet Dominc Martorelli, professor of photography at the University of North Florida. He convinced her to come take his Fine Art Photography curriculum at UNF. Heather quickly became an exceptional student, exploring old techniques in photography while putting her own spin on the styles. She mostly worked with black and white film development, printing and toning. While studying at UNF, Professor Martorelli opened the door to her Polaroid Art Phase and hand-manipulating and distressing Polaroid SX-70 film images became her principle medium for the next 14 years.
At age 29, Heather moved to New York City to pursue her photography career. While there she worked for many professional photographers, but knew Fine Art was here passion. When she met Andrew Moore, a fine art photographer working in Cuba and living in New York, she realized that fine art was also her next adventure. She then moved back to Florida where she has been a professional artist since 2004. Specializing in manipulated Polaroids, she quickly rose to success amongst the top interior designers and art buyers in the North and Central Florida markets. Her work can be seen throughout these markets in corporate offices, banks, and major hospitals and clinics.
After Polaroid fell apart as an outdated analog film, she decided to pursue painting as her next medium and has been producing large and small scale sports paintings, leaning towards Abstract Expressionism since giving up Photography in 2013. After dedicating three years to her new medium, she created a body of work centered on the energy of the race.
Her work now can be seen in museums and cultural centers, galleries and many other places. She has made a name for herself in the Northeast Florida region and continues to gain popularity throughout the world market.