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Heather Brown


Growing up in a family of artists and artisans in Southern California, HEATHER BROWN found her passions for both art and nature at a very early age. Later, working as a boat captain and dive master to put herself through school, the Bachelors of Fine Arts program at the University of Hawaii gave Heather the perfect vantage point to fill her head with the beautiful imagery of the Hawaiian Islands. Heather honed her artistic skills as a student at UH, focusing primarily on the "lost arts" of intaglio printmaking, silkscreen printing, linocuts, woodcuts, and etching; which explains where her iconic style was born and bred.

Heather has made it her life's work to capture the true essence of the most beautiful beaches, surf breaks, and locales in Hawaii and around the world. She has been coined the "Godmother of Modern Surf Art" by the LA Times. Heather's art has become a benchmark in the global surf art market, finding its way into collectors' homes around the world.

Throughout Heather Brown's career she has been named "Best Artist in Hawaii" for four consecutive years, and was chosen as Rip Curl's "Artist of the Search" for the past five years- now garnering her own clothing line, "Heather Brown for Rip Curl." She has created the art for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Jack Johnson's Kokua Festival, The Surfrider Foundation, and many more; as well as opening up the Heather Brown Galleries in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. She continues to work with numerous non-profits around the world, always keeping "giving back" extremely close to her heart.