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2016 TEDxColumbus Women

Heather Reese

Growing up, Heather Reese spent time outside where her imagination took her everywhere! But at the tender age of ten, a childhood trauma changed the course of her life forever and art became her escape. It gave her a voice when she had no voice.  She explored every way possible to interpret the ugliest circumstances into the most extraordinary beauty.

A self-taught abstract and mixed media artist for eleven years, she has also passionately taught hundreds of acrylic, mixed media and performance classes from ages 4-104!  Over the past two years she has focused on developing her niche from exhibiting to performance artist.

The last year has shaped her performative painting in the most organic and magnificent ways.  She successfully completed Ohio State University’s ARTrepreneur program in June 2016, an intensive course that seeks to engage and challenge the artist while developing and inspiring the entrepreneur.

Heather is currently performing live paintings with musicians to entertain audiences, with the desire to teach the world that art is not limited to a paintbrush or a set of rules.  Art is freedom. It transcends, heals, and has tremendous power to translate pain into beauty, through all means necessary.
Teacher, Giver, Outgoing