1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
Heather Martinez, Visual Practitioner
No business name, but known as the Corporate Graffiti Artist and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @corpgraffitiart
My website: www.LetsLetterTogether.com offers lettering courses designed with the Visual Practitioner in mind.
I live in Durango, Colorado USA and love it here! I work from home, have a downtown studio overlooking historic Main Avenue, and travel around the world to draw on walls.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I have my BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Art History and Business. As a life-long learner, I have several certifications and have been trained in Ortho-Bionomy, Appreciative Inquiry, and Human-Centered Design. I study lettering from master calligraphers, sign painters and graffiti artists through workshops and 1:1 tutoring. I’m currently studying to receive my certification in visual coaching.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
My absolute favorite tool is the pencil. There is just something to the smell of freshly-shaved cedar that gets my creative juices going! As a visual practitioner, I use Neuland markers on large paper. And as a lettering artist, I enjoy making tools like folded pens, suede pens, charcoal, and carving sticks into nibs for mark making. Put a steel nib or brush in my hand and I do my best to fake it.
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I live an art life so the ideas never run dry. But I also go pretty hard so spending time in nature is very important. I love camping, hiking, and riding my bicycle. Living in one of the most beautiful places in the world helps.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
Weekend mornings in late fall, you will find me on the street with my typewriter. In 2017 I took a gap year and traveled across the country in a 1947 teardrop trailer—all original aluminum. You can read about the adventures—or just look at the pictures at www.OnTheRoadWithFlo.com