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who I am, why I create, and what I've done

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Who I am


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Hi, I'm Heather Clements

An artist creating and sharing beauty with meaning


Heather Clements has used art as a catalyst for mental and emotional growth ever since she was a child. While growing up in the D.C. metro area of Northern Virginia, Heather Clements was passionate about art from the very beginning.  Never wavering in her pursuit to be an artist, she graduated cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 


After graduation Heather moved to Panama City, Florida, where mere months later she became the owner of an art gallery and cultural venue space called Gallery Above.  Hosting monthly art exhibits, weekly swing dances and film nights, and countless music performances of local and touring bands, Gallery Above served as the only hub at the time for the sub-culture of Bay County.  2 years later Heather worked at the local arts museum for a short while before deciding to leave and concentrate on her main love: creating art.


For over a decade Heather has been working as a professional artist and art instructor.  Her art has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, from California to Massachusetts.  She has had several solo exhibitions and won many awards for her work including several Best-in-Shows.  Recently Heather has created many murals across Northwest Florida, and as far as New York City.  She also created the two largest murals in the county at 2,000 square feet each.


Art for Heather serves as both an escape from reality as well as a deep dive into the depths of her own psyche.  After years of personal art and reaching a point where she no longer needed art to be a vehicle for therapy she shifted her focus onto the largest challenge we have ever had: climate change.  For several years her work expressed a beautiful connection between humans and nature.


Then in 2018 climate change hit Heather and her entire area directly in the form of Hurricane Michael, which formed unusually and extremely quickly into a category 5.  The hurricane not only destroyed Heather’s home leaving her displaced to temporary less-than-ideal living situations for almost 3 years, but it ripped away so much of the natural environment Heather loved.  Over millions of acres, the hurricane destroyed 75-90% off all the trees, and 95% of the tree canopy.  Lives were turned upside down in a matter of hours.  In the months following the hurricane, Heather also suffered multiple personal losses and challenges, all leaving her in a deep depression.  


After a year without creating any art, drowning in trauma and loss, Heather decided to take a drastic step toward self-healing.  She booked a tiny off-grid treehouse in the woods of the mountains of North Georgia for a week.  She yearned to be in a healthy natural environment after hers had been destroyed.  Unplugged and isolated, she set out to heal through nature and art.  She feared she was abandoning her family for a week to possibly end up crying in a cabin in the woods the whole time.  But every morning she hiked and every day she created art until the sun set.  She created a series of arresting self portraits with elements of nature, representing all she had lost and all that would then heal her.  Inexplicably it worked far better than she could have ever hoped for.  That week she clawed out of the depths of her depression, and has never been back.

To be fully immersed in nature, Heather recently moved to the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina, where she now lives in a yurt with her husband and cat.  With endless mountains, old growth forests, and hundreds of hiking trails to explore, this environment has already inspired a further dive into that symbiotic relationship with nature.


Heather can tell you first hand how embracing nature and art can heal us and make us whole.  Instead of focusing on fears of the future and atrocities of the present and past, Heather’s work focuses on the beautiful symbiotic relationship all humans once had with the natural world.  It is that relationship that fills Heather with a deep feeling of contentment and belonging.  Believing that changing hearts instead of minds leads to true progress, Heather paints of love and interconnectivity.


Heather's art can currently be found for sale at Foundation Studios as well as 310 Art, both in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Why I create

(artist statement)



We live in a culture that has lost our deep connection with our home: the wilderness, the Earth. In my art, I visually explore the relationships between the people of our culture and the natural world. This in itself is a paradox, because humans are not separate from nature, but a part of nature. My work reflects a positive message of hope for a symbiotic interdependence between humans and our organic surroundings.

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What I've done



Maryland Institute College of Art [MICA], Baltimore, MD, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Painting, May 2007


Solo Exhibitions

2021  Becoming Nature Again- Heather Clements Art Show, Taproom, Panama City, FL

2018  We Are Nature: Art by Heather Clements, Panama City Center for the Arts Main Gallery, FL

2015  Human Nature: Heather Clements, Gulf Coast State College Amelia Center Main Gallery, Panama City, FL

2013  Cut It Out: Cut Paper Art by Heather Clements, Bay County Public Library, Panama City, FL

2012  I Cut Paper: Art by Heather Clements, Studio b., Alys Beach, FL

2010  Heather Clements –A Selection of Works: Past, Present, but not Future, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL

2008  Octopus’s Garden: Art by Heather Clements, Tupelo Theater, Wewahitchka, FL

2007  I Draw People - The Art of Heather Clements, Gallery Above, Panama City, FL


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Winter Exhibit, Foster Gallery, Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Mirimar Beach, FL

2017  Grand Opening Exhibition, Fringe Gallery, Panama City, FL

2016  Maker's Mark: A Sketchbook Exhibit (3-woman show), Mosey's, Panama City, FL

2012/14/15/16  Top of the Class, Juried Exhibition, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, FL

2015  A Step Into Spring, Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2015  Musae, Juried Exhibition, Pensacola, FL

2014  A Cut Above, Highfield Hall and Garden, Falmouth, MA

2014  Nature Inspired, Guild of American Papercutters National Museum, Somerset, PA

2012/13  Northstar Annual Art Show, Panama City, FL

2012  Dia de los Muertos, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012  Heather Heather Heather (3-woman show), CityArts Cooperative, Panama City, FL

2011  BOLD, A&M Theater, Panama City, FL

2009  Opening Exhibition, Studio B, Alys Beach, FL

2007/08  Darkness, Gallery Above, Panama City, FL

2007  Commencement Exhibition, Fox Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2004  Selections from the Painting Department, Brown 3 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2002/03  Something Hot, Gallery 222, Leesburg, VA


Selected Awards

2022   Best of Show 59th Bay Annual, Panama City Center for the Arts, FL

2017 + 2016  Best of Show, 53rd + 54th Bay Annual, Panama City Center for the Arts, FL

2017 + 2016  1st Place, Public Eye Soar International Projection Art Festival, Panama City, FL

2017  Best of Show, 58th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, Fort Walton Beach, FL

2016  1st Place, and People's Choice Award, Northwest Florida Art Battle

2015 + 2014  2nd Place, Public Eye Soar, Panama City, FL

2015 + 2014 + 2012  Merit Award, Top of the Class Juried Exhibit, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, FL

2014  1st Place, Figure It Juried Exhibit, Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, FL

2003-2007  Dean’s List, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2003-2007  Presidential Scholarship, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2003  1st Place, Excellence in the Arts, Loudoun Arts Council, Loudoun County, VA

1999  1st Place in Art, Terry and Sherry Malone Foundation, Loudoun County, VA


Selected Press

2021  "Clements to Debut New Watercolor Series at Taproom," Panama City News Herald

2018  "Clements' Work Declares 'We Are Nature," Panama City News Herald

2016  "Artist Heather Clements," Panama City Living Magazine

2015  "Artist's Touch: Embracing a Natural Humanity," print and online

2014  "Artist Interview,"

2013  "Cut It Out: Artist's work connects with man, nature," print and online

2013  "The Business Side of Papercutting," First Cut Newsletter

2013  "Portrait of the people artist, Heather Clements," Panama City Life Magazine

2012  "Artist Opens Exhibit of Paper Cut Work," Walton Sun

2011  "A Cut Above The Rest: Artist Rocks Paper, Scissors," News Herald

2011  “Paper Garden Blooms at VAC,” Bay County Bullet

2010  Featured Artist, Beachcomber

2008  “Shaking Up the PC Arts Scene,” Cover Story, 5-page article, Coastal Homes and Lifestyles Magazine

2008  "Panama City Artist Brings Show to Tupelo Theater," (Cover Story) Gulf County Breeze

2008  Featured Artist (February- April,) Bay Arts Magazine (Cover and article)

2008  Artist of the month (January),

2007-2013  Cover Artist, Panama City Visitors Map

2007  Featured Artist (December,) Coastal Style MagazineSelected



2010 - present  Member of CityArts Cooperative [PR + Marketing Manager, Gallery Manager, Director Recruitment]

2018 - 2021  Board of Directors, Bay Arts Alliance

2012 - present  Member of Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County

2012 - present  Member of Guild of American Papercutters, (Exhibitions committee 2021-)



Full Time Professional Artist 2010 - present:

Fine art, commissioned art


Art Instructor 2007 - present:

See current offering of classes and workshops

CityArts Cooperative, Panama City, FL 2010-present

Arts and Design Society, Fort Walton Beach, FL 2014-present

Panama City Center for the Arts, FL 2015-present

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL 2015-present

Bayou Arts Center, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 2016-present

Studio b., Alys Beach, FL 2009-2012

Visual Arts Center, Panama City, FL 2009-2010

Michaels, Panama City, FL 2007


Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City, FL 2009 - 2010:

Exhibitions Manager and Graphic Designer

Gallery Above, Panama City, FL 2007 - 2009: 

[The Gallery Above was a contemporary art gallery and venue space, serving as an arts hub for the sub-culture of the area]

Owner/Operator: monthly exhibit curation, graphic design, marketing, event organization, sales, etc.

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