Heather Söderberg, age 2 “horse and cobra”
Heather continued to progress as an artist and foundry woman and was hired for many public, private and Museum commissions throughout her childhood, teen and college years. Heather operated her own foundry, casting all of her own work. Heather had always had a secret desire to work in law enforcement, so she rebelled against art and earned a degree in Criminal Science and Psychology at Northern Arizona University. She planned to continue her education in the Coast Guard and moved to the Hawai’ian Islands to start her training and became a certified scuba diver. After 4 years and a near-death supernatural experience, Heather felt a deep pull to recommit her life to art. She moved to Portland, OR and worked as a welder at a local foundry. She eventually took over the foundry, becoming one of the first women to own and operate a full service bronze foundry. She expanded and moved the operation to beautiful Cascade Locks, Oregon in the Heart of the Columbia River Gorge, where she is currently sculpting the world’s largest bald eagle bronze statue. Heather sculpts alone and without assistants and she creates all of her statues by hand, without the use of any form of enlargement technology that is so prevalent in the art world now – https://youtu.be/Re8r6mP3JGw
The artist is fundamentally alone in the creative process, whether he/she is supported and encouraged by other artists and lovers of art, or is solitary. The inner drama, the complex ebb and flow of feelings, hints and glimpses of images and ideas, the inner drive, urges, promptings and doubts — the often fierce, undeniable, gut-deep need to create — are those of individual artists alone, that they must somehow deal with through visions of the beauty and torment of the world.
– Heather Greene