“Existence is a priceless gift and the beauties of nature are the priceless gifts of the existence!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
This is when I died. I was 22 years old and survived a very narrow death in a head on car crash…the seatbelt saved my life. An elderly lady went over two lanes and pushed us to the sidewalk and then right up a telephone pole. Firemen rescued me with the jaws of life. Went to the ER where they showed me an xray of my lungs. One side was white and the other was black. The first rib of my back snapped and punctured my right lung. The performed an emergency chest tube and could drain the fluids so my lung could work again. The second image you see is my release of blood and the reason I came back to life. Doctors, firemen, police, attorney did not see how I lived through it.
At this time, I had an out of body experience and an angel appeared to me as my sight was from the ceiling looking down…this whisper came to me and told me “breathe heather, you need to return to your sister”, I could see my sister from this view as she was sleeping by my hospital bed. I thought it was all the medication I was taken that I have these memories. I came across these pictures in my art room and finally had the strength to share them without people telling me I was crazy. I switched out of my bipolar in the same snap right away three years ago, I felt like I was in college, double majoring in pre-med and fine art. I am drawing things that I would have never thought of and reading like water. My weight gain is the most confusing part of this story. I feel beautiful and lovely here right now. Guess I am embraced in my body and my mind is healthy. Art is my purpose on Earth so I am not going to stop. Like ever.
On the first day of my job, I walk into a production studio to hand in paperwork. A young gentleman stands up to shake my hand when I walk into the room. "Wow! You are tall." he states. I point to my heels of my shoes. "Wow! You are short." Laughter lights up the room.
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With an electric soul of an artist, Heather Deogracia, has an interesting personality that uses her manic branches of her mind to express her sense of humor, expand the creative hourly illustration addiction and continually read big books about artistic principles, elements and glorious techniques to feed her intellectual capabilities.
“With a splash of color and chemicals in my brain, I have to clean it out once a day or it must flash flood my other organs.”
Proud to start staging a background of her latest achievements, Heather was on the front page Sunday Feature in the Midland Daily News on Oct. 19, 2016 and is an Award-Winning Fine Artist for the state-wide competition Legacy Trust Award Collection for the past three years in a row. She displayed in over 30 exhibits and fundraisers in the tri-city area over the past four years. She has earned a 2017 Leadership of Bay County Achievement Award from Studio 23 and a Midland County Art Letourneau Award for "Collaboration and Creativity in Community Support".
A harshly educated woman, Deogracia spent five years to earn a double major Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Medical Illustration in Pre-Medicine and Fine Art at California State University in San Bernardino. At the same time period, she held down three jobs as an Intern for the District Attorney, Graphics Editor for the college weekly newspaper and created the Peer Health Education program.
Her artistic talents covered in the fine studio art requirements included painting, color theory, graphic design, photography, figure drawing, advanced drawing, watercolor, sculpture, illustration and art portfolio assignments to keep work organized. In the sciences, she has a background in chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, advanced human anatomy and psychology, biology, genetics, comparative animal psychology, marine biology and medical microbiology.
Currently, she has been an art instructor for workshops for the past year for Creative 360, teaching private art lessons and writing a graphic novel soon to complete by the beginning of 2018 named Heather Hurts Inside: Illustrations of a Broken Human. The new true story is about a suicidal bipolar woman that is prescribed Ritalin at the age of 38 and she reverts back to her glory days of her life. The truth is that no one knows the past is killing her mind.
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