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Daily Inspiration: Meet Heidi Myklebust

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidi Myklebust.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
What’s my story? My first thought was, “how do I explain this,” I have never really thought about it until now.” The answer is really two-fold: making art ‘for real,’ on purpose, with the focus of getting my work out into the world….I would say started in the last 12 years or so. Being creative and feeling the need to make things and express myself that way goes as far back as being a little kid in Detroit drawing with mud on the driveway and trying to learn how to do the same kind of bubble letters I saw my babysitter draw when she would come over.

My love for creating had never really gone away but as I entered my career as a coach and a teacher, it did take a back seat for a while until I decided to chase teaching art. Taking my first art teaching job in El Paso, I went back to school for a second degree, a BFA in Graphic Design, which I was not able to finish as life had some other plans for me and took me home to family in San Antonio. After getting back into teaching art, I found myself encouraging my students to participate in shows, competitions, to really start getting their work out in the world and realized, I was not “walking the talk.” As a result, I entered my first show with Artists Who Teach through the San Antonio Art Educators Association and was one of 4 to be selected for a more intimate show later in the year. As I started to sell a few pieces here and there, I was motivated to try and chase other opportunities, participating in shows in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and coming up in Austin for the first time. I was also selected as a feature artist in various chalk art festivals in El Paso and San Antonio, honored to have my work in Robert Tatum’s Choice Goods “All Hands on Deck” skate deck art show in 2020, and Brick Gallery at Blue Star Arts Complex.

As I continue to teach art and encourage my students to express themselves, communicate with their art and share it with others, it’s only fed my desire to create more of my own artwork. It’s almost a ‘need’ to keep creating as I have found it is something that truly grounds me. If I don’t get some ideas out, things start to feel unbalanced.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Being a single mom, working full time, it’s been difficult to find the time to make things happen. It’s a balancing act that I’m not always successful at. I have had to overcome the second guessing myself and mounds of self-doubt to choose to show up at shows or markets and have faith in myself. I am so fortunate that my children are always there to support me even when I lack a little bit of faith in myself.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am currently teaching middle school art in Comal ISD at Smithson Valley Middle School.

Most of my artistic work involves colored pencils but the more I teach, the more I am finding myself willing to experiment in a variety of different media. As of late, I have been playing around with acrylics and oil pastels.

Known for my quirky, off beat, unusual concepts. I once had a friend refer to my work as “playfully menacing.” I absolutely love when people are curious about my work, maybe stop and take a second look or even smile at how silly some of it can be.

I am most proud of being able to leave a legacy for my children to chase the things they love and to forge their own path. That you shouldn’t have to sacrifice what brings you joy, you just find ways to make it work. I am proud of myself for not quitting, for chasing growth instead of perfection which I love being able to pass on to my students in the classroom as well.

What sets me apart is my willingness to remain playful in my work, to maintain a connection to my youth and active imagination. The ability to be open to ideas as they come across my creative headspace is also something that I feel sets me apart. I am always eager to learn new things and find ways to grow.

How do you think about luck?
Luck…or things happening the way they should? I love and truly believe in the quote “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Opportunities aren’t going to present themselves if you choose not to do the work. You have to work for the things you want then the doors start to open.

Sure bad luck happens, things sometimes don’t go as we plan but it’s truly up to us how we perceive and then act upon it. I have tried to view these moments as opportunities to reflect and reevaluate, “What didn’t work out well that time and what opportunities is it giving me to keep trying to figure it out and grow.”

Pricing:

  • Original Work: varies in price
  • Stickers: $2.00-12.00
  • Prints: $5.00-150.00

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