Heather McFarlin grew up in Northern California, and began drawing and painting at an early age. She went on to study Religious Studies, Psychology, and Art Studio at California State University, Chico. Driven by a desire to understand and affect change in the body and mind, she answered a calling to pursue a career in the Healing Arts, studying Taoist Philosophy, Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Intuition Medicine, and more, and has had a successful healing practice as a practitioner and teacher for over twenty years.
She considers painting and her career in the Healing Arts to go hand in hand, as one informs and inspires the other. For her, painting and the creative process serves as a structure for the mind to inquire, reflect, honor, understand and find meaning from a deeper level than the rational mind will go, thus accessing the subconscious mind. She uses multiple layers of oil paint to allow for the composition to unfold naturally, and allowing for luminosity and texture to further express the emotional and energetic landscape being presented to her.
Heather is greatly inspired by Mark Rothko, who happened to coincidentally die the day she was born, February 25, 1970. “Rothko painted to plumb the depths of himself and the human condition. For him, art was a profound form of communication, and art making was a moral act.” ~Karen Kedmey
Heather’s work has been collected in Canada, the United States, and Australia. She was featured on the set of SENSE8, season 2 in 2017, and featured in Inside Arts publication in 2018. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.