Heather Lancaster is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and hails from a family of professional artists. After graduating high school from The Lovett School, Lancaster pursued a liberal arts education attending Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. There she focused heavily on studio art and graduated with a B.A. in Art History and Historic Preservation.
After college, she lived in New York City, working for “Exterior Decorator” John Danzer, founder of Munder-Skiles Inc., a firm specializing in the production of both historically inspired as well as original designs of garden furniture. Upon her return to Atlanta in 1999, Lancaster continued working in the field of environmental design pursuing a Masters Degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University, with a concentration in Historic Landscapes.
Heather’s commitment to the discipline of drawing has led her to many opportunities including Ornithological Anatomy and Graphite Techniques at the New York Botanical Garden with wildlife artist Katie Lee, and ongoing drawing and watercolor study.
In all of her work, it is with a deep appreciation of form and an insistent curiosity that Lancaster explores intricate, sensitive, and lyrical animal gesture created over time, by varied degrees of specialization within different physical environments. Finely tuned body mechanics, and a range of extraordinary design adaptions are carefully considered and rendered with a delicate hand.
Through her own evolving creative process, the figures begin with a single line and are slowly realized with layers of graphite, India ink, and charcoal. Lancaster's marks and voice as a visual artist echo her admiration of the perfection attained by the marvel that is natural selection.
Heather is a mother of three, ages 12, 11 and 8, and enjoys long, rigorous hours exploring drawing in the quiet of her studio in at the Goat Farm Arts Center. When Heather is not working, she can be found running on in-town paths or through the woods, reading, exploring new art, and enjoying her busy family and nature.
Photography by Ashley Warnock (2015)
© 2018 HEATHER LANCASTER