Willow Heath is a watercolor artist, illustrator, storyteller, and art instructor. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries and museums since 1996 and has been instructing art courses throughout the Seattle area since 2000.
Willow lives in Seattle where she instructs painting courses to adults and children, paints galaxies, watercolor portraits, and the occasional galaxy watercolor portrait. When she does not have her paint to the paper or nose in a book, you can find Willow instructing courses at Gage Academy of Art, Pratt Fine Art, Coyote Central, and many other Seattle schools.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.