Art & Wall Decor and Street Murals by Heather Day
Heather Day

Heather Day

San Francisco, CA, United States

Day’s art is a form of visual storytelling interested in conveying moments of interactions. She works primarily with paint and non-traditional materials and is known for her murals. Her philosophy, that everything is a product of an experience, frames each work. She conveying stories of movement and ideas of color through seams, lines, and layers.

Heather Day is an artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Day grew up in Hawaii and along the east coast of the United States, finally moving to San Francisco after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history. Her background in travel and culture encouraged her to see more of the world, where she discovered a connection to nature—her main source of inspiration.

Day recently completed the 5th solo exhibition of her career at The Wall Gallery in Oakland. Recent group exhibitions include The Affordable Art Fair in New York City, Soho Art House in Los Angeles, and Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. She is currently working on murals around the bay area and planning for a group show at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, as well as a solo show at Gensler Architects in San Francisco

What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Art allows the viewer to see through the lens of another human. It’s personal and permits connection to others through concepts, rather than words. So, I hope viewers take a moment to really observe the work. I hope they get really close and look at the threads of the canvas and markings or pops of color on the edges and I hope they get far away to see a bigger picture. That alone is enough. I don’t ask that people love the work, but I do ask that they give it time to figure out. Questions are key."
-- Heather Day

What’s unique about your work?

"The more I explore, the stronger I find the parallels between the world and the act of painting. Both are endless sources of energy, movement and intermingling textures that also provide an intimate and complex understanding of life. I love stepping back and seeing subtle relationships within landscapes—both during my travels and on a canvas. My paintings are ultimately continuous abstract narrations of what I experience—or merely evidence that a moment happened."
-- Heather Day

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"A lot of my work is poured with a bucket and manipulated with a rag or squeegee. The brushes, markers and pencils I use help bring intention to the large washes of color. A huge part of my process involves physical strength. I’ll pick up the canvas and let gravity push the water around. I’m constantly walking, stretching and pouring medium in the studio. Paint and water get everywhere and clean up requires a mop and rag. Each work is an experiment in manipulation. I take what I learn from one and move to the next piece. Nothing is ever planned or premeditated."
-- Heather Day
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