Adopted from South Korea and raised in Big Rapids, Michigan, artist Heather Ihn Martin has been creating art since she can remember. In 2001 she obtained her BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design. While her dreams of being a Disney artist hasn't come to fruition, she did find herself in the booming mobile gaming industry for a decade before pursuing a successful fine art career.
Never shying away from a good challenge, Heather’s work is almost exclusively painted directly from life. She finds it crucial to be immersed in the environment, and works hard to capture the moment through her eyes. Landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, or wildlife, there is no subject that she won’t approach with equal curiosity and excitement.
You’ll often find Heather lugging a backpack twice her size near her home in the hills of Northern California to paint en plein
air. If not outdoors, she’s hogging a surprising amount of space indoors to paint still-lifes in a house shared with her husband and house full of animals.