Heather Victoria Held is a freelance calligrapher residing in St. George Ontario with her husband Chris and their daughter Holly. Heather's passion for Spencerian Script was kindled when she met her friend and mentor Master Penman Michael Sull. Early in her ornamental penmanship endeavors she was guided and encouraged by Dr. Joe Vitolo through the Ornamental Penmanship discussion group and IAMPETH. She is a member of Master Penmen Brian Walker's Spencerian Study Group of the UK and is thankful for Brian’s guidance in her penmanship journey.
Heather's work has been published in Bound and Lettered, Somerset Studio, The Penman's Journal, The Spencerian Review, Romantic Homes, Pen World, Good Mail Day and 1000 Homemade Cards. In 2009 Heather was awarded the Spencerian Heritage Award by Michael Sull and is honored to take her place as a storyteller of the Golden Age of American Penmanship and specifically offhand flourishing as she teaches throughout North America.
Some of Heather's favorite art materials to use are: the pointed steel pen, pastels, watercolors, gold gouache, vellum, 24 K gold leaf, drawing ink, colored pencils, hot foil and hot fix crystals.
Sara's love and appreciation for art started at a very young age. Her childhood dream was to one day become a lion, but when she realized that wasn’t the most attainable goal she settled for drawing them instead. Graphite as a medium was her first love and she filled sketchbooks with animals, people, and landscapes. More recently she has enjoyed discovering all the unique possibilities different mediums have to offer. Her newest explorations include soft pastels. She appreciates the special nuances and techniques that come along with each individual medium.
In addition to art, Sara has always had a passion for playing sports, traveling, and learning about other cultures. She had the time of her life playing college soccer and studying abroad in Peru while at UW Oshkosh. Her travel and sports team experiences are often reflected in the artwork she creates.
Sara graduated in 2010 with a double major in Marketing and Spanish and minor in Global Business. She currently lives with her husband and K-9 fur baby in Wisconsin, and works in a Marketing role.
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Sarah Becktel grew up in the suburbs of Southern New Jersey and began drawing and painting at a very young age. At age 10, she began studying classical realism and found her calling as a representational artist. Sarah graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in painting, and afterwards, continued her studies of figurative drawing and painting. Sarah's focus is contemporary realism and she has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions across the United States. She currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and works out of her studio in Newark, NJ.
When Sarah is not working in her studio, she is educating artists and students about art materials. She works as an Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Paper and Gamblin Artists Colors, and currently serves as Product Research Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America. Sarah is also a member of ASTM International's subcommittee for artist materials, where she helps to maintain and revise standards related to colored pencils and lightfastness.
Sarah's artwork can be seen at her website www.sarahbecktel.com.