Revered, indefinable and just might punch the shit out of you just for a joke; Heidi Trepanier is a force to be reckoned with. She has proven to students as an adjunct professor at VCU and UR and fellow artists from here to New York that being an artist means living on your own terms completely. For Trepanier the only route to success is to be honest about the work you create and to constantly challenge yourself.
Patrons would free associate her early large scale paintings as Seuss-like although that’s a pretty base summation of her organic splattering of paint and sharp detailed outlines with ink. VMFA’s John Ravenal quickly gravitated towards her work and purchased “Wave” in 2006 for the Museum’s permanent collection. Success found Heidi quickly with representation by The Reynolds Gallery in Richmond and The Stux Gallery in Chelsea, New York. The demand for her work made her re-evaluate the direction of her career and she eventually put the pause button on creating work to focus on her family and as the fates would play a cruel hand, fight off ovarian cancer. 2013 would be another turning point for Heidi when she formed an artist collective space with puppeteer Lilly Lamberta and Sculptor Julie Elkins called, “Lovebomb.” Now called “The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership” this space provides the creative community and the surrounding residential community with space to create, host workshops, and provide stages for programming and performance.
Heidi received her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Training and The Marchutz School of Art in AIX, France and her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University