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Heather Brown

Heather Brown


North Shore artist Heather Brown expands her horizons


Inspired by Hawaii’s natural beauty, Heather Brown is an artist who embraces her Island home. A resident of Oahu’s North Shore, she moved to Hawaii twelve years ago to pursue art as a full time career. Heather tells me, “The North Shore is my sanctuary. I love the weeks that go by when I do not have to leave. These are the times when I can see the light at each minute of the day, the ocean’s moods, and the wild parrots flying overhead. There’s just so much happening all around. It’s the most beautiful place in the world.”


Heather primarily works in a studio near her home where she has plenty of space to paint, screen print, block print, and create linocut projects. With a simple goal to “make people smile,” she attributes her inspirational pieces to the support of her loving family. “I was blessed with a family that was supportive of the arts. Many of my relatives are/were artists, and my husband and I work together which makes everyday life so much more fun.”  Her eye-catching paintings capture colorful ocean and surf themes by using a vibrant blue and green color scheme. She feels, “if they [viewers] are able to take a minute out of their busy days and glance over at a piece of my art that stirs a memory about their vacation to Hawaii, I feel that I have done a good job. I want to continue to share these feelings with more and more people around the world.”


Heathers abilities reach beyond canvas and paint. Her designs grace the fashion industry and show that her versatile appeal is an attractive asset to her success. As the artist of the Search for Rip Curl, she appreciates the opportunity to reach out to markets beyond art collectors and enthusiasts. “The people at Rip Curl both here in the USA and the contacts in Europe have been so positive about my art and give me such creative latitude. I just really love being a part of such a great company. They have opened the doors to so many people around the world to see my art, which has been instrumental in the growth of my career.”


Keeping a relaxed lifestyle when not working, she is able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Surfing is a passion she takes advantage of when not in the studio. She loves to “paddle out and spend time in the ocean catching waves, socializing, and soaking up the natural beauty that surrounds Hawaii.” Out of the water, she spends time gardening with her pets and chickens, constantly gathering inspiration for her next piece.


Heather was one of the featured artists who designed the poster for the 2011 Greenroom Festival of Music, Surf, and Art in Japan. She will unveil two new special limited edition pieces that will be exclusive to the Wyland Galleries on July 9, 2011 at the Wyland Gallery in Haleiwa, and on July 10, 2011 at the Wyland Gallery in Waikiki. Prints, cards, and her new clothing line High Tide are available at Strong Current, Global Creations, and Deep Ecology all located in Haleiwa, The Greenroom Gallery in Waikiki, The Surf Garage in University, Na Mea Hawaiian Bookstores and Mu’umu’u Heaven in Kailua to name a few. For a complete list of locations, please visit her website at

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