Heidi Chartrand is a self taught mixed media artist living in Metchosin, BC. Having worked with horses for most of her life, she finds inspiration from animals and nature. In 2016, Heidi started painting on bones, later learning to clean skulls, literally facing her fear of death. Canvases were often donated by farmer friends. She loves getting damaged skulls, that are less valuable to others, but allow for the most artistic interpretation.
Using sewing machine and Harley Davidson parts, Heidi created a series of cyborgs, another way to reuse what was once unwanted. Heidi develops a piece by sitting with the skull and accentuating natural patterns and shapes already present. The design that develops represents the skull’s own unique energy and that animal’s past experiences.
Heid’s work has been shown at the Metchosin Gallery, Windrush Gallery, Experiential Art Gallery, Tofino (Solo Show, May 2019), Sooke Fine Arts (Juried, 2017), Sidney Fine Arts (Juried, 2017/2018) and The Calgary Stampede Art Gallery (Juried, 2018), Coast Collective Haunted (Juried, 2019), Art Masters Vancouver (Juried, 2019).