Artist Heather Strazza
"It's crazy to have something so wonderful come from something terrible and life threatening. But I'll take it no matter where it came from."
As the sun set and a new day rose, Heather was different. She showed a sign of life, her pupils had dilated! When Heather's brain injury was examined, the doctors found her brain stem to look like it was brand new, with absolutely no damage, and the brain stem is not an area of the body that can heal! It was a total miracle. During Heather's stay at the intensive care unit, there were many other miracles that took place, not only for Heather, but also for many other people that were in the ICU with her.
During Heather's path to recovery and in the many months of healing, therapy and re-learning that followed, it was suggested to Heather that she should paint. Heather was a little surprised to hear that suggestion, because she felt like she wanted to do something more "productive". After her very first attempt at painting again, she knew she had found a lifelong passion. Once Heather was able to resume life at her own home, she began to paint every day, all day, from morning to night. This was a very new process for Heather. Before the accident, creating art was not part of Heather's daily life, it was something that she would delve into once or twice a year. After the accident, Heather found herself seeing things differently, and with more passion. Heather fell in love with nature, color, lights, people, babies, and art in a brand new, and exciting way.
"Each painting has a story behind it, and sometimes deeper than you may think. I love creating an image that tells your story and carries a deeper amount of love than I may think."
These days, Heather is still in love with art. Creating art is something that fuels Heather and is an ever-growing passion. She immerses herself into her art, always trying to improve her technique and learn more about painting and the world around her. Creating art using mediums like oil, acrylic or watercolor, Heather paints on a variety of surfaces like wood, slate and canvas to capture nature, people, and the beautiful world around her. Heather aims to express, share and communicate to others through her work, one painting at a time.
"And it is through one painting at a time but I am forever grateful for each brush stroke at a time."