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Based out of McMinnville, Oregon, Heather Pugh is a self-taught artist whose work ranges from tranquil abstractions on paper and canvas to a growing collection of public art installations that celebrate the life and energy of the Pacific Northwest.
While drawing was her go-to outlet from early on, it wasn't until her 30s that Heather turned to painting as a means of coping with anxiety and depression linked to PTSD. In the midst of a particularly tough time, she pulled out old painting supplies stashed beneath her bed and quickly found stillness through the act of intuitive gestural mark making, watching slowly-forming pools of pigment react to the fibrous texture of paper. It was mesmerizing, calming. Feeling she'd discovered a magic elixir, she has since spent her time picking up courses through The Oregon Society of Artists and the Pacific Northwest College of Art while creating a studio space in her house, taking on commissions, and landing opportunities to create public art.
As a believer in art's healing abilities and a lifelong conservation advocate, Heather's work aims to harness nature's collective balance—where boldness, delicacy, vibrance, and quiet coexist.
Heather is also a copywriter, editor, and an unapologetic