ABOUT HEATHER HAYNES
Heather Haynes is an internationally known artist who has been painting professionally for 27 years. In 2005 her work was brought into galleries across Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She painted feverishly to keep up with the demand to supply these galleries for several years. In 2012 Heather opened her own gallery – Heather Haynes Gallery – in order to expand on the work she exhibits to the public.
In 2008 Heather took a trip to Uganda, Africa to perform humanitarian work in the effort to eradicate malaria. Ever since she set foot on the African soil, her heart was won over by the environment and the people. She continued to travel to different countries in Africa, specifically Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has found herself working with local leaders that want to help bring up their communities and reduce the impoverished situations faced by so many. Heather has inspired and influenced many North Americans to join in on the effort to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Due to Heather’s extensive travels in DR Congo and Tanzania, her artwork has been deeply influenced, featuring portraits of African women and children. Heather had wanted to portray the people she met in her art, and so developed a mixed media technique that has been very successful.The work is generally non political, but is more about portraying life in sometimes overwhelming odds – and coming through the other side, stronger for your efforts.
Since 2008, when Heather became involved in humanitarian efforts, she also began using her art to portray the plight of some of the worlds most vulnerable people. In 2015 she completed a 3 year journey by finishing her masterpiece, “Wall of Courage”, a depiction of 80 orphaned Congolese children that measure at 40 feet wide by 12 feet high. The piece tours, and is raising awareness around the atrocities and injustices that occur to this day, in parts of the world.
ABOUT JEFF MONTOGMERY
Jeff is an integral part of The Art of Courage and also the husband of Heather Haynes. He may hide behind the scenes a bit, but as the VP of Operations, he plays a very important part in ensuring things run smoothly. Initially, Jeff’s career path took him down the road of science based work, while being employed by a large corporation, specializing in research and development. When Heather’s career trajectory took an upward climb, Jeff left the science world and took the fork in the road that pointed towards art based work. Being an avid musician, this felt more aligned with Jeff’s life purpose, so it was an easy decision to make. Jeff tries to support Heather by tackling the elements of their businesses that allow Heather to spend more time in her studio, creating art. Whether it is art made to sell in their gallery or for helping to raise awareness about humanitarian issues makes no difference, as it is art that is at the core of Jeff and Heather’s life.