Heather Söderberg-Greene was a bright, beautiful and curious baby who from early on had a fascination with her father working in a Flagstaff, AZ bronze foundry. At a year old her father gave Heather some soft wax and hours later she had created a sculpture of what appeared to be 5 variations of the female form. By the age of 2, she sculpted over 100 pieces, which her father cast in bronze. At 3 she sold 30 sculptures at her first art show and was hired to sculpt her first commission, she was also showing her work in art galleries from Scottsdale, AZ to Houston, TX. Heather gained national and worldwide attention as a young sculpting prodigy when her story was featured by Paul Harvey, People Magazine, National Geographic World, and “That’s Incredible”.
Heather continued to progress as an artist and foundry woman and was hired for many public, private and Museum commissions throughout her childhood, teen and college years. Heather operated her own foundry, casting all of her own work. Heather had always had a secret desire to work in law enforcement, so she rebelled against art and earned a degree in Criminal Science and Psychology at Northern Arizona University. She planned to continue her education in the Coast Guard and moved to the Hawai’ian Islands to start her training and became a certified scuba diver. After 4 years and a near-death supernatural experience, Heather felt a deep pull to recommit her life to art. She moved to Portland, OR and worked as a welder at a local foundry. She eventually took over the foundry, becoming one of the first women to own and operate a full service bronze foundry. She expanded and moved the operation to beautiful Cascade Locks, Oregon in the Heart of the Columbia River Gorge, where she is currently sculpting the world’s largest bald eagle bronze statue, all by hand without the use of enlargement technology.
The artist is fundamentally alone in the creative process, whether he/she is supported and encouraged by other artists and lovers of art, or is solitary. The inner drama, the complex ebb and flow of feelings, hints and glimpses of images and ideas, the inner drive, urges, promptings and doubts — the often fierce, undeniable, gut-deep need to create — are those of individual artists alone, that they must somehow deal with through visions of the beauty and torment of the world.
Artists are meant to probe heaven and hell, good and evil, beauty and ugliness — the full dimension of life on earth, humanity’s relations with itself, with nature, with God, and the universe, as their personal needs and interests dictate.
– Heather Söderberg