Heather Plimmer



La Sirena Gordita by Artist Heather Plimmer


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Heather Plimmer’s heart, soul and even some tears are openly on display in her longtime Airdrie home studio. Although she doesn’t want to be defined by it, art has played an unanticipated restorative role for Plimmer in dealing with a few life-changing, tragic events. Call it artistic therapy. “It is sort of a spiritual thing for me [although] I’m not a religious person,” says the local artist, who turned to the canvas while dealing with family loss. “I felt there were more tears in that watercolour than anything, but when I actually finished the painting it was like I was finally going to be on the road to healing.” Heavily dotted with paintings, sculptures, stained glass and other projects, Plimmer’s home of close to 35 years is a tribute to the empowerment of art. Her Rabbit in the Rockery studio is an ode to nature, with many acrylic and watercolour paintings depicting large cumulous clouds spiralling above the Alberta landscape, and trees silhouetted by rivers, streams and waterfalls.“Watercolour is my first love. It’s the most challenging, and I like to challenge myself,” says Plimmer, who studied art in the 1970s but whose art path was interrupted by career, family and daily life. “When I do watercolour I still use a lot of colour,” she adds. “It’s not very forgiving if you make mistakes – you can’t just paint over it. That’s why I find it challenging; it kind of has a life of its own.” While subject matter varies, from architecture to human expression to her grandchildren, Plimmer sticks mostly to nature, using her photographic skills as a blueprint for her paintings. “It’s not always very convenient here to be painting on plain air because the weather changes in three seconds,” she says. “Having the photograph in your studio and [being] able to take your time I find is a lot easier.” Co-founder of Kids Cancer Camp of Alberta, Plimmer retired from her job with Rocky View Schools and enrolled in a short stint with Airdrie School of Art. Becoming involved with Airdrie’s Main Street Art Project helped the self-professed introvert to come out of her artistic shell.“I’m pretty much an introvert. I’m very much a closet artist,” says the reserved painter who now speaks volumes with colour and brush. “I was always a person [who] second-guessed my abilities to do anything,” she adds. “I feel like I’m more complete since I started painting seriously.”