“A Day in the Life” with visual artist & photographer Heather Dawn Kemp

Heather Dawn Kemp is an Alberta artist with a passion to create through a variety of mediums including oil painting, mixed media, sculpture, invented materials and photography. She majored in Ceramics and received her Diploma in Visual Art with Distinction from Alberta College of Art and Design in 1996.

Heather Dawn Kemp is a self-taught painter with a passion for painting since the 1960’s; it wasn’t until 2014 that she returned to painting full time. She uses live models, still life, plein air (in the open air) or she’ll create a scene / still life and paint from that or from her subsequent reference photos.

Heather Dawn Kemp’s work often depicts themes about everyday life, love, healing, compassion, connection, birthing, emotion, fragility, growth she also draws upon dreams, vision, and symbolic references. The ideas behind her work often have a spiritual connection which speaks of the sacredness of life.

Heather says – “My subjects are my own experiences which, I have come to realize, are layered, and connected to everyone and everything else in this universe.”

Heather Dawn Kemp
My daughter sending a kiss, oil on canvas, one of my passions is painting portraits with the intention of capturing the heart of the sitter.
Heather Dawn Kemp
This is the first test piece I made from a raw material which I am currently experimenting with it is painted with transparent oils with added sgraffito markings.
Heather Dawn Kemp
Oil painting of a swan with sgraffito leaf designs, the painting symbolizes light, power, grace, freedom, and growth.
Heather Dawn Kemp
A sample of some of my photography.
Heather Dawn Kemp
Painting from a live model.
Heather Dawn Kemp
Oil painting layers using sgraffito to reveal the underlying painting.
Heather Dawn Kemp
Me painting a model in my studio.
Heather Dawn Kemp
This is another test for the raw experimental material; this piece is more sculptural with embedded, organic objects between thin layers.

What ‘hood are you in?

I’ve lived in a few different provinces in Canada including Quebec where I learned to speak French and currently I live in Calgary in N.W.

What do you do?

There are so many things that I like to do; I love to paint, experiment and show my work, I also have a passion for learning; I also spend many hours on developing my mind, my health, and my art. Teaching is another favorite of mine and has been a part of my life since the early 1980’s and recently I have developed a class for children called “Connect the Dots” where I teach life skills and tie the lesson together with an art or craft project. For adults I have created a short workshop called “Dream Canvas” where I present information about the mind and valuable solutions, tips and steps to empower people whether it is to overcome a problem, find core values and create a dream life, or just create your future with intention and finish the workshop by having each participant create a canvas filled with colors, shapes and or symbols designed to serve as a beautiful trigger that will remind them of their goals and dreams and the tools they learned on how to achieve their dream. Other favorite pastimes are spending time with my family, photography and cooking.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently creating some work for a solo show to be held in the Western GM Gallery in Drumheller for the month of June 2019. I am also experimenting with some new materials and ideas to create a show that brings light to a condition in my family called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, if all goes well I may even have some of that work present at my June show.

Where can we find your work?

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