“Heather Sportsman is a contemporary mixed media artist and art educator residing in Houston, Texas. After graduating with her BA in Art with honors from Southern University Agricultural & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she pursued a career in education. She taught elementary school art for eight years & high school art for three years upon moving to Texas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Heather’s creativity awakened from a ten-year creative hiatus. She began to create her drawings, paintings, and digital artwork and established her own company, H. Sportsman Art, in March 2021.
Her ideals about safety, mental health, and the public education system changed drastically after undergoing a school shooting in October 2021. After much thought, Heather took the leap of faith and transitioned to a full-time artist in October 2022. In a world full of apathy, anxiety, and adversity, Heather always acknowledges her gifted abilities come from her loving Creator, Jehovah.
Heather’s contemporary pieces contain the faces, figures, and objects in nature that highlight the spiritual connections she believes humankind needs in order to be fulfilled. As an artist, educator, Black woman, spiritual person, and survivor, Heather knows that life comes with many tribulations. Within her works of art, she reveals a path for her audience to follow from darkness to light, knowing that nothing bad remains forever.”
Jeanine Blaney, Executive Director & Curator
Black Heritage Gallery
1001 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, La 70601