Meet Emerging Artist Heather Thomas

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Heather is a young artist based in Philadelphia whose art was recently featured in "the Funeral", an art show at the Open Space Gallery. All black attire was most definitely required, just check out the poster for the event. Well, we had the pleasure of catching up with her, and you can read the discussion below.

Hypefresh: Was this your first time having your art shown live? Either way how was it?

HT: It was my first time in a professional setting, but I was involved in a district wide art show in high school. This was so much more amazing. It was magical seeing so many people stand in front of my art and take pictures of it. It was crazy.

Hypefresh: Is there an inspiration for your artwork?

HT: Most of my inspiration comes from other artists actually. I’ve always been intrigued with how master artists handled their light sources and colors, but I also really like to look at the work of/get feedback from my peers. It’s really inspirational to look at the world through another artist’s eyes. It really teaches you a lot.


Hypefresh: Do you have any kind of routine when you draw (music, food, environment)?

HT: I always have to be listening to music! It’s weird but I can’t create art in silence, it gives me too much anxiety and blocks my thought process. Music kind of just helps me to shut out the background chatter and focus on my piece.

Hypefresh: Are you a shower singer? If so, what are your go to songs and why?

HT: Oh goodness, yes I am. I mostly sing melodic pop songs because I like to tell myself I’m an amazing singer. My go to is usually "Let Me Love You" by Mario and I honestly have no idea why.

Hypefresh: Three famous figures, alive or dead, who you’d want to have lunch with, and where you'd eat?

HT: If I had to narrow it down to three, I would have lunch with Frida Kahlo, Keith Richards (when he was way younger), and Uma Thurman. I would eat at this amazing little restaurant I went to in Canada. I had the best pancakes of my entire life there.

Hypefresh: How has your art evolved from when you first started to now?

HT: When I first started art I was a freshman in high school and I still drew eyeballs that looked like footballs. After that one class my freshman year, where I met my favorite teacher ever, I ended up taking five more art classes. It’s so weird that I went from such horrible portraits to some of the most realistic portraits I’ve ever created.


Hypefresh: What is the oddest job you’ve ever had?

HT: When I was in high school I worked at a fish market, so I learned a lot of really weird facts about fish. On the bright side, I now know how to make a bangin' shrimp tray.

Hypefresh: Do you post your art on social media? Where can people follow you?

HT: Yeah, you can follow me at heatherkart on Instagram.