Meet Heidi Rose.
Most of us race through our days and congratulate ourselves that we took care of the important stuff. We would have to admit that often life goes by in a blur. Here is a maker among us who cherishes the details, finds the charm in her surroundings, then translates all that we might have missed into a work of art.
Heidi Rose creates portraits of buildings and homes on commission and does custom pet portraits in graphite and colored pencil. When you see how she captures the wet pink nose of a beloved old dog, it will stop you in your tracks. You can practically feel that wet nose on your cheek. This is the power of art to create dimensions and emotions out of thin air.
Since early childhood, when Heidi first discovered the joy of creating pictures with pencil, brush and paint, she has grown in her artistic journey through life experimenting with a variety of media and subject matter. Trained as a graphic artist, she worked as a professional in the field for a decade before returning to her first love, drawing and painting as a freelance artist. Today, watercolor, pen and ink, graphite pencil and colored pencil remain Heidi’s media of choice.
Here`s how it feels to her: “There’s nothing I love better than discovering and appreciating beauty in the seemingly common and everyday sights in the world around me. Whether it’s a colorful landscape, intricate flower, lovable pet or dilapidated old barn, I am intrigued and inspired to tell its story. I find beauty in detail, so I most often portray my subjects in a realistic style. To express to the viewer just how I see that particular subject is both a challenge and a joy. It’s my hope that others will discover through my art the remarkable and extraordinary beauty in ordinary things.”
Much of Heidi`s work celebrates her local environment. As a resident of Issaquah for the past 25 years, she has appreciated the rich history of this beautiful city and has admired its landmarks for many years. She has created a series of portraits focusing on many of Issaquah’s historic buildings. Using watercolor, pen and ink, Heidi has enjoyed portraying the charm of these well-known and well-loved local landmarks.
The upcoming Sammamish Arts Fair will showcase Heidi in an intimate setting so you can see her works up close, and talk with her about her skill and technique. This would be the time to pay attention to the details.