Jean & Tom Heffernan
“We discovered that we could use metal and mirrors to produce exciting artwork filled with enriching color and light. At the same time, we could champion every individual — exactly as they are — by putting them in the middle of everything we did.”
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Jean and Tom Heffernan are a unique husband and wife team from Sedona, Arizona. They are both self-taught metal artists. Each in their own way and time, made a decision to answer the calling of their inner selves. Together, they brought their unique talents and problem solving skills to a new artistic endeavor, which has culminated in the production of unique hand-woven copper and steel mirrors.
“2006 was a life-changing year for us. We decided to use this time in the same way that chefs use sorbet — to cleanse a diner’s palette between strong courses. We were eager for a new, yet unidentified life course. To prepare for it, we needed to cleanse our being. Thus, we began a sorbet year.
We quit our jobs, sold most of our possessions, and moved to a tiny, remote village in the middle of the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska. We went into the wilderness to cleanse, illuminate, and invent. Gradually, we realized a desire to use art to affect others. We discovered that we could use metal and mirrors to produce exciting artwork filled with enriching color and light. At the same time, we could champion every individual — exactly as they are — by putting them in the middle of everything we did.
Our talents, training and experiences – Tom in the healthcare field, and Jean as a photographer – indelibly mark us individually and prompt our singular impact on the world. The combination of our skills, personalities, knowledge, and inclinations culminates in a unique artistic endeavor. Our mirrors incorporate color, light and the viewer into the final work. People have always been important to us. Today, they are as intimately involved in our work as they have ever been.”