Quaintrelle Q&A with Artist, Heather Felder
Heather Felder is an artist who paints vogue-like figures that evoke feelings of emotion, strength, and soul.
I'm always on the lookout for art that speaks to me. When I come across something that does, it's like being a child that finds a shiny new penny; one becomes overwhelmed with excitement for discovering a rare gem. That's the way I felt when I saw Heather Felder's art on Instagram; she paints portraits of beautiful women with striking features - large eyes and voluminous lips. To me, her art looks feminine, vogue-like even, but how it makes me feel is what makes it so intriguing.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Art isn’t supposed to look nice; it's supposed to make you feel something." This is a variation from an excerpt from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Heather's art achieves both; it looks nice, and it makes you feel something. For me, her art makes me feel like I'm surrounded by positive female-energy; you understand, the kind you need from a girlfriend or a mother on a really difficult day.
Upon speaking with Heather, it would seem my instinct is not far off. Her work is inspired by women, furthermore, the female-spirit. Her pieces are an homage to women who must be flexible, strong, and possess the ability to adapt when faced with the obstacles life puts before us. While her earliest memories of painting are from her mother, also a talented artist, Heather is self-taught.
To my delight, Heather's artistic process is something of a dream; she paints while she listens to French music (c'est quaintrelle-ish, non?) She describes her art as," emotional, strong, and soulful." Those very words are the emotions one can expect when thoughtfully observing her work.
I'm delighted that Heather agreed to partake in a Quaintrelle Q&A to share the intimate inner workings of her life and ideas surrounding her art, something I strongly believe the cohort of quaintrelles will fancy. With that, let's learn, let's enjoy, and let's be inspired.
Question 1: What is your full name or pseudonym?
Question 2: What was the last amazing meal you ate?
The last amazing meal I ate was not the main course, but was handmade bread made with the most delicious oil and garlic spread I ever had. Bad thing though, I really smelled of garlic, but so worth it!
Question 3: One little thing in life that makes you happy:
My family makes me the most happiest with laughter.
Question 4: If you had to choose a career other than an artist, what would it be?
If I could choose a career other than painting it would have been to be a photographer. I love to capture moments of life.
Question 5: Give gifts or get gifts?
Definitely giving is much more rewarding!
Question 6: Someone who has inspired you:
I would say my grandmother. She was a spitfire and an artist herself. She dressed in black with her beautiful costume jewelry and perfectly done hair. She loved music and was quick-witted. She used to decorate very artistically. I think she was beyond her time. When we would visit her, I used to love to sit in her Asian-inspired room, and also she had a room with many reproductions of old master paintings. I loved it.
Question 6: Your favorite place on earth:
In my mind, my favorite place on the earth will be Europe. I still have not gone. I hope too soon.
Question 7: A quote that has inspired you throughout the years:
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
You can see more of Heather's beautiful art for purchase on her Etsy page.