Hello and welcome! My name is Heather Sleightholm, and I am a wife, mama, animal wrangler, knitter and painter living in northeastern Oklahoma. I work out of my home studio in our century-old carriage house in my prairie hometown. I am inspired to paint by my love of history and homespun pursuits. I sell my work through my etsy shop and have also collaborated with various businesses through licensing and also sell in shops around the region. I always love hearing from friends and kindred spirits— so send me a note any time! I appreciate you visiting me here today, and hope you enjoy your look around!
So many things come together to inspire my art, and I am also a dabbler in many different things! I love to knit, and a few years ago, a chance encounter with a spinning wheel that I brought home from an estate sale kindled my love of fiber art. I have been spinning and knitting ever since. I also do a bit of sewing, cross stitching and quilting, and am learning to weave on a loom. I am also hopelessly in love with all things “Swedish Christmas”, and go back to that theme again and again for my holiday work.All these interests come together to inspire my art, and you’ll often find fiber artists making their way into my paintings!
I often find myself inspired by heritage crafts such as knitting, spinning, weaving and gardening, and these themes are often found in my art. I am also a lover of history, and have been known to shake off my homebody ways in order to travel to New England, a place that holds a very special place in my heart. You can find many posts about my travels to beautiful historic places on my blog, and I’ve added several posts about wonderful places to visit in my series Summer in New England.
In my home state of Oklahoma, I am also a living history volunteer at Hunter’s Home in Tahlequah, capital of the Cherokee Nation. You can read more about this amazing home and its history in several of my Hunters Home posts. In addition to my love of home life, crafts and history, I also love a good book and you’ll find quite a few beloved literary heroines in my art as well.
I began painting folk art a decade ago when my first child was a baby and I was new stay-at-home mom. My business in those early years was called Audrey Eclectic, after my daughter, but as she’s grown older I thought she deserved to have her name back and I evolved into more of a folksy painting style. I began my art business by taking part in local and regional craft shows and now I am able to sell my work through etsy to friends all over the country, and all over the world.
Today, I am fortunate enough to head out my backdoor with a cup of tea in hand, past the cackling chickens,to my studio at the top of our old carriage house. This wonderful place gives me space to paint, make messes, start projects and dream. On the southern side there is a room full of windows and wonderful bright light– that’s where the painting happens. On the north side is the room where I keep my loom, wool, and yarns. In between, is where I package and ship orders, sending parcels full of love and art out into the world! All this wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many wonderful friends that I’ve come to know through my art, and those who collect my work and share it with others. Thank you, so much, for your support!