Heather J. Annis
Heather J. Annis
My earliest recorded experience with art occurred when I was fourteen months old. I have no memory of the event; thankfully, it was captured by a photograph of me sitting on the kitchen floor, scribbling with crayons. That first scribble now hangs on my studio wall, along with my very first collage, which I do remember making in nursery school. I recall pasting images crudely cut from a book of wallpaper samples onto cardboard. These creations remind me of the importance of experimenting and remaining open to new ideas and materials.
Over the years, I have worked in many mediums, from painting to photography. In graduate school, I had the opportunity to explore calligraphy, altered books, and cut glass. My particular passion is connecting people of all ages with the arts, most especially those who consider themselves “uncreative” or “non-artists”.
Heather J. Annis is an artist and educator living in Providence, Rhode Island. Her personal artistic practice focuses primarily on collage and ink; in community settings, she has facilitated workshops across the country for children, teens, and adults in a wide variety of art-making modalities, from small scale media like comics and zines to larger installations including murals and mosaics. Heather received her masters’ degree in Theology and the Arts from Andover Newton Theological School and is the Director of Children & Youth ministries in Barrington, Rhode Island. She is the author of The Book of Comic Prayer: Using Art and Humor to Transform Youth Ministry and editor of the St. John’s Art Team Comics Anthology.