I’m A Creativity Junkie

flower3Whether it’s singing, writing, dancing, doing yoga, painting, paper cutting, redoing furniture, or designing anything from jewelry to pillows to rooms to events; I thrive on soulful expression, saturated hues, bold patterns, excessive adjectives, and other manifestations of beauty.

I am endlessly inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the natural world and all of its flora and fauna and equally by the unbelievable work and art created by engaged, divinely directed humans.

My highest goal, always, is to help people connect with a sense of beauty and its inherent goodness; to know that seeing, celebrating, and understanding beauty in its myriad forms is essential to preserving it.

Colorful Soul Imprints
The seeds of these aesthetic and creative instincts were undoubtedly planted in childhood.

I grew up in the mountains of Colorado, surrounded by nature and living in houses designed by my parents and decorated with the interesting antiques, eclectic art, and colorful textiles we brought home from our many family trips to Mexico. Both of my parents were (and still are!) performers, so our house was always filled with music and I spent most of my early years performing as well.

flower2After graduating from college, my circuitous life path enabled me to live in a variety of places across the US: Denver, NYC, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington DC, San Francisco, Mendocino, and Santa Monica, some of which I lived in before meeting my husband, and fellow nomad, Jason, and others we ventured to together. I’m also a perpetual student and though my degree is in Art History, I have pursued additional education in Fashion, Interior Design, and Event Management as well as taken classes and had mentorships in painting, writing, drawing, sewing, and jewelry making.

For a number of years, I worked in and designed events for the hospitality industry in Denver and managed non-profit fundraisers while living in Washington D.C. and San Francisco.  A serendipitous, life changing encounter with artist and teacher, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, shifted my path profoundly and I soon found myself managing Wisdom House Gallery, Shiloh’s women-centered art gallery north of the Bay Area.

In 2006, I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to return to Denver to open my own art sanctuary, Soulrise Gallery, which showcased sacred art created by women and offered workshops and events promoting art as a spiritual practice.

After departing from gallery life to bring my son Rio into the world, I started to explore new depths of personal creativity. Although my primary focus was on being a mama, I soon began creating custom jewelry, handcrafted pillows, home accessories, and artwork, and became a certified yoga teacher. I also got bitten by the writing bug and started a Middle Grade Novel (still in the works) and did a variety of decorating and home styling jobs. But a few years ago, our wanderlust kicked in again, made more urgent by my husband’s work demands, so we rented out our house in Denver and moved our little family to our current, colorful home in Los Angeles a few miles from the beach. A 3 am wake up call from my muse last winter prompted my latest creative endeavor, Colorful Soul Imprints; the culmination of my creative journey thus far, a true melding of heart, art, and soul!

If I’m not in my studio, or the yoga studio, you’ll find me obsessively reading, writing my novel, taking long walks, working on my house and yard, going to the beach or hanging out with my husband, son, two precious dogs, and the wonderful friends we are blessed to have close by!

Heidi Damata - Creativity Junkie!

The Journey of a Colorful Soul

(or: Heidi Damata in a nutshell…)

I believe everyone’s path to wholeness, or to finding the right path at all, begins with understanding our journey. How has it shaped the people we’ve become? How can it inform what we need to do and how we need to heal from it or through it? I’m sharing my story, my journey, in the hope it will inspire you to create and share your own!

If you’re like me and obsessed with history and stories and paths, read on.

Click here to Read the Journey of a Colorful Soul