"When I first began my artwork back in December of 1997, I had no intentions of being an "artist." I never had any intentions of showing people what I had created. Each piece represented to me a missing link within myself. And for some reason it was perhaps easier to see when it was presented with lines and color. I would understand my struggle or whatever I was dealing with at that moment when the painting was complete. Showing people my artwork was comparable to standing naked before an arena. I was admitting to myself and to others the nature of my own truth and my own healing." "As I reach an understanding of the concepts described in my paintings I am then capable of releasing them for the public eye. My intentions are not to make happy people sad nor to make sad people happy. I believe that whatever someone needs to see, they will see."
Biography: Artist and inspirational writer, Heather J. Tait had a plethora of careers before taking on her life's work. Born in Tacoma Park, MD and raised in Erie, PA, Tait began doing volunteer work at age 15. She began mentoring elementary and middle school students. At age 16, she fell in love with theater after seeing her first play at the Roadhouse Theatre of Contemporary Art. She began working there as an usher and then a sound technician. She spent five years with this theater group. "By the time my junior and senior year in high school arrived, I was going in so many directions. I was involved in several school activities, plus mentoring, and theater rehearsals. I was very active, too active, but at the time I guess the distractions were a blessing." In the fall of 1994, Tait was accepted to Gannon University. On top of going to college full-time, Tait took several other jobs on as well. She still had her cake decorating job on the weekends. She also became a radio DJ at WERG, she was a contributing editor for Pure Entertainment Magazine, a writer for Gannon Knight, a sound technician for the Schuster Theater, and a model for two local agencies. "I think at one point I was working 7 different jobs on top of a full credit load for college. Again I was really over working myself and it was taking its toll. I had a lot of ambition and drive, but I didn't concentrate or focus it in on just one thing. But for me, I was hungry to learn everything I could." About 6 months before Tait graduated college, she went to New York City to attend a CMJ Convention (College Music Journal). It was at that point someone had asked her what she was going to do after college. "I instinctually and without a thought said, I?m moving to New York City. And before I knew it that was exactly where I was. I hopped on a greyhound not too long after my graduation ceremony in May of 1997" Tait would receive her Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts in a record time of 2.5 years. Tait would then take on the executive role and manage an independent record label. She would then work several temp positions before moving back to Erie and made a decision that would impact her forever. She joined AmeriCorps VISTA, a government funded project. "I told them I would go wherever my degree would be needed so I ended up in Gilroy, CA living in Morgan Hill. I shipped all my stuff out and hopped on a train across country with just a backpack." "I wanted to do something I felt good about. There is nothing like going to a job and knowing that you are not "adding" to people... you are "subtracting." The project ended up closing after 4 months from her arrival. She was over 2,000 miles away from her hometown, but more closer to herself than she had ever been. "I was so anxious to work on this project and I put every effort I could into it and then I had to accept that like a lot of things, this was a circumstance out of my control" "For years I had really over occupied my time and then while I was in California, I was no longer allowed to continue the habit. I needed the red light. You can't run away from yourself when you are the only one around." Amongst the confusion of the project coming to a close, Tait sought refuge with some paper and a sharpie marker. She had an old sketch pad with 8x10" sheets of paper in it. She taped about 6 pieces together and began drawing with her sharpie marker. She had some old watercolors that she paid a dollar for and a sponge that she was given from work. She cut the sponge into several pieces and used that as her paintbrush. Her studio apartment became a gallery of her creations. Some of her first creations were RuralRisk, SelectiveReasoning, BrokenYoke, StaveSacre I, EspejoMentiroso, LocaGuera, SelfCommitment, and NoGracias. "If you really stop to listen to yourself, you tend to discover that you have a lot to say. I had so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions that I never allowed to come to the surface let alone share them with others." With the help of a friend, her images were shot with a video camera and put on the web. "Everything started out real simple, and then as I progressed so did the quality. I started to actually make an investment on myself and my art." June of 1998, she packed up once again and headed to Seattle,WA. There she would have her first showing at the Roswell Cafe. Six months later she packed up again and headed to Atlanta,GA. She would do several other showings at such places as the Fox Theater, the Tony Awards, Eddie's Attic, and the Art Station. There would be several other moves, Erie, PA, Avon, CO, and Amelia Island, FL. "My husband and I both traveled alone before we were married and now we travel together. It?s very much a part of who we are. Not only do I do art by intuition, I live my life that way to." And now at age 28, the artist and her family continue to travel and continue to do art no matter where the location. Along with her art, her inspirational sayings are intended to provide strength and hope for all who stumble upon them. "The sayings are basically journal excerpts and thoughts. We don't always have the power to choose our life's situations, but we do have the power to choose what we do with the outcome or the experience. I've taken life situations that may not be so "pretty" and added color to them, and added a lesson learned at the end." "For me personally, whatever your situation in life may be, it should not be an excuse to become the equivalent or worse, it should however give you a reason to strive to be even better."
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