The Artist

Douglas Hebert

I am an award winning professional sculptor and comic artist with a fine art background. I am passionate about art and how it enriches our understanding of the world as  humans. My passion lies in celebrating biodiversity. I also love teaching art and helping kids with special needs fulfill their creative potential.

Professional Sculptor 

I am a professional sculptor with a keen interest in bio diversity and animal conservation. This is reflected through my sculptural body of work. My art accentuates the beauty of nature that are part of our fragile ecosystem.  The objective of my art is to move people intellectually and emotionally and provoke introspection.  I derive most of my inspiration from animals and organic forms in nature. I habitually examine different possibilities relating to being. The outcome is the creation of magnificent works of wonder.  I  hope my art will engage with public consciousness and enrich lives through an increased awareness , appreciation for all life forms.

My recent sculptural work combines a complex array of form and texture with a very controlled, frequently complicated , hand-painted acrylic finish.  All of my work features an animal mounted on a base that resembles topography found in nature such as trees, log, or coral.  The terrain is generally quite textured (but not always) and practically never mirrors the animal’s natural habitat.  When creating the creature itself, I make a boundless attempt to augment and distort its structure and surface until it is virtually unrecognizable from the magnificent beast it once was.  I take the very same drastic approach when selecting the final color application and finish.  The only exception being my early, single, solid color, glaze work which feature a very conservative color choice. My sculptural pieces prompt us to question what it means to be.

I love all things visual arts- drawing, painting, and sculpting.  My art is influenced by surrealism wherever it can be found in the art world, and I hope viewers “… interpret my work with an open mind and take away a slight sense of bewilderment.”

I grew up in Berkley, Michigan where I successfully acquired my BFA in drawing from Siena Heights University in 1999 and did my graduate work at Wayne State University.  I acquired my teaching certificate at Wayne State in 2006 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I teach art at Amberlea Elementary and in you spare time you teach special needs kids at the Focus comic free art camp.

I am an award winning ceramic sculptor earning First Place in the Arizona Artists Guild Associates Body of Work Juried Exhibition and was an AAG artist of the month candidate.  In 2015, I became a board member and sculpture group head at the Arizona Artists Guild.

I love drawing and sculpting at every opportunity I can. I hope my art will make a great impact on society. I look forward to my first major public art exhibition.

 

Professional Comic Artist

I am an international comic artist, certified art teacher and award winning sculptor. I am one of the artists for Focus comic which is part of an autism awareness and acceptance campaign. Focus Comic features an autistic super hero, art by professionals including interns with autism. I am one of the internship coaches and one of the art teachers for the Focus comic free art camp for autistic and special needs kids.  The project promotes inclusion, diversity and equity. I help students  fulfill their creative potential. The creator of Focus comic (Yvonne Wan) is responsible for helping four of the worlds first autistic comic book artists get their work published. I love inspiring creativity through my work and teachings. 

Here is one of my recent zoom classes which I organized as an independent artist. I educated children about animal conservation and sustainability through art. I love inspiring others to take an interest in wildlife and the environment: 

 

Education: 

Wayne State University, Teaching Certification, Art Education, 2006

Siena Heights University, Bachelor Fine Arts, 1999

Awards:

Pentel of America Art Award 2020

“Body of Work” Juried Exhibition, Arizona Artists Guild, AZ. 2015

 

Exhibitions:

2015, “Body of Work” Juried Exhibition, Arizona Artists Guild, AZ

2011, Desert Botanical Garden Permanent Exhibit – Collaborator

1999, BFA Student Exhibition, Klemm Gallery, MI

Collections:

Works held in several private collections in the United States

Teaching:

2018 – Present, Art teacher, Amberlea Elementary (k-8)

2018 – Present, Internship Coach & Art Teacher for Focus Comic free art camp for autistic kids and young adults.

2017-2018 – Art teacher, Charles W Harris Elementary (k-8)

2007-2017 – Art teacher, Hurley Ranch Elementary (k-8)

2012-Present – Advanced Hand building and Sculpture, Desert Dragon Pottery

2015 – Sculpting techniques in paper clay workshop, Arizona Artists Guild

Positions:

2019 – Present  Art Teacher for Focus comic free art camp for special needs kids and young adults.

2018 – Present, Internship Coach, Focus Comic

2015-June 2019, Program Director, AAG Sculpture Group, Arizona Artists Guild

2015-June 2019, Board Member, Arizona Artists Guild