2022 Emerging Artist
Heather Rippert, fine artist, living in Clearwater, Florida, has been painting and drawing from the time she could hold a pencil. Growing up an only child, she discovered a magical world to disappear into every time she picked up art supplies. Her high school art teacher and mentor, Michael Mulhern, was instrumental in her artistic development and love of watercolor. She received a BFA from Maryland, Institute, College of Art. While there, she was hand picked to attend a semester abroad at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland where she delved into printmaking and black and white photography.
Her love of water media was re-ignited in 2007, as she painted coastal landscapes of the Jersey shore informing her decision to relocate to Florida in 2010. Her masterful and sensitive watercolors explore the vast beauty of the natural world emphasizing light and mood. Rippert is continually selected for exhibitions and awards. She was one of ten artists who received the 2022 Emerging Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas. Rippert has participated in Art Expo NY and Art Expo Las Vegas, was nominated Creative Loafing Best Local Visual Artist in Tampa Bay 2017, is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, The American Watercolor Society, and was featured on Great Day Tampa Bay Live in June 2019 about her Solo Exhibition, ‘Transitions’ at TECO Public Art Gallery.