Local Baltimorean artist Monica Heiser’s large-scale psychedelic portraits and landscapes juxtapose color, historical events, and community identity to converse and reflect upon on past and present American political and cultural issues in the hopes of communal insight, celebration, and healing. The themes she explores include the Movement for Black Lives, the spirituality of nature, and her practice of Buddhist meditation to inspire inner peace and connection. Mainly working with acrylic paint on large canvas, her works are influenced by revolutionary muralists like Diego Rivera and other local Baltimore-based artists like Ernest Shaw. Monica hopes to collaborate with other muralists and artists in the DMV on larger-scale murals and community works to give back to and inspire the public.

In January 2019, Monica will begin the Art Education 2nd Bachelor program at Towson University. Her love of working with children and her joy for making art inspire her to become a teaching artist and educator. Check out her blog on the front page for more up-to-date discoveries in her return to learning and teaching.