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Heather Balchunas

Heather Balchunas, originally from Westfield, MA received her Associate Degree from Greenfield Community College in 1994 and a BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. Some of her artistic influences are Georgia O’Keefe, Kandinsky, Edward Hopper, and Brian Froud. Balchunas feels it is this diverse mix that motivates, inspires, and encourages her to explore.

Despite the many creative outlets, drawing is still Balchunas' first love while investing herself into each unique project drives her growth as an artist. "It is all about the process," she says. "The learning and the struggling to find inspiration so that by the end you've enjoyed the journey."