Sunday, June 05, 2005
We were asked to paint the kitchen, but Heather did not want just one color, or two or even three. She wanted the whole rainbow. She wanted the kitchen to sing, and gave no specific direction as per what sort of music might entertain and inspire the cook while the cook is in the kitchen.
And so we imagined Debussy, ordered some Johny Cash and went ahead with a pastoral scene, incorporating wide open spaces in the graphics, along with the familiar creatures that populate Heather's world: Her dog, "Wolf-Dog", the gulls that navigate the cliffs off of Sooke, and the primitive memories of food sources: forest and fields and water teeming with life.
There are 10 panels, each effectively a cupboard door glazed over with several protective layers of varnish.
Heather and her husband Doug are musicians, composers and performers, and teach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. They have two small children and eat organic.