Flowerchild, pencil and watercolor on paper, 2015

Bio:

Heidi Horchler mixes surreal and abstract qualities with the organic forms found in nature. Images originate in shape and mood and are drawn with a free flowing hand. Her skillful use of a rich vibrant palette is often accented with geometric lines or text. A recipient of the Bethel E. Ells scholarship, George Royal scholarship, iTeach AZ scholarship funded by the Mary Lou Fulton foundation, the ASU School of Art Special Talent award, and several honors awards, Heidi's work has been published and shown in several exhibitions including Vortex Magazine, the Masters of Tomorrow show at Benedictine University, the annual drawing and sculpture exhibitions at Scottsdale Community College, and a Judge's Choice Award in the Best of Artist show at SCC, awarded by Ed Mell. A graduate with Honors of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts' program in Art Education, Heidi is looking forward to a rewarding career of nurturing the imagination and possibility in future artists. Heidi's collection of drawings entitled "Daydream Odyssey" will soon be released as an adult coloring book. (Curator Engine)

Mushrooms coloring page for Inspire by Blue Star

There are those who are masters of their craft, the practicioners of the "10,000" hours rule, the Outliers.

And then there are the rest of us.  

heidi

My dad calls me a "Jane" of all trades. I do a little bit of everything, & am definitely a student of process. I like to learn about how things are done, made, put together; to see the layers underneath. I could watch someone fix a car, make pastry, build a table, dig a hole, rip apart a computer - anything, really - and just like a kid I'd be asking them questions all the time. What made you decide to use that screwdriver? Why does the butter have to be cold? Why is oak better than pine? What does RAM do? 

On any given day I'll be cooking, drawing, painting, researching, writing, and in general trying to avoid the laundry. But always exploring, designing, trouble shooting and brainstorming. Your basic type B, outside-the-box thinker.

My work explores the idea that everything is connected. Sometimes the best way to do this is to juxtapose things that normally wouldn't be associated, and develop the connection between them, somehow. I find the imaginative much more interesting than the realistic.

I live in Phoenix with my husband of 20+ years, our two boys - the monkeys - who have no business growing up so fast, and more animals than I probably need. I currently teach middle and high school art.

Thank you for visiting and please feel free to comment or ask questions.

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