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Actress Katherine Heigl Creates Incredible Paintings and Mixed Media Art

Katherine Heigl in Her Art Studio

Most of us know actress Katherine Heigl for her work on Grey's Anatomy or her starring roles in films like Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. Most recently, she was on screen as Tully in Netflix's popular Firefly Lane, which she also executive produced. But did you also know that Heigl is an avid painter, spending upwards of four to five hours a day in her art studio?

Fans of Heigl's know that she occasionally posts some of her artistic ventures on Instagram, including stunning collages in her journal and glimpses of her paintings. But when the actress' husband Josh Kelley posted a photo of her working in her art studio, we knew that we had to reach out and learn more about her artistic passion.

“I’ve always loved to draw and have gone through stints where I was sketching in charcoal daily and then put my pencils down and didn’t pick them up again for years,” Heigl shares with My Modern Met. “I started with charcoal drawings, and I’d say over the last five years, have dived into everything from watercolor to acrylic to oil to alcohol ink…Honestly, you name it, I’ve tried it. My favorite subjects to paint are portraits and animals. I’ve been experimenting lately with combining the two.”

Her vibrant art clearly demonstrates that her creative talents aren't limited to the acting world. And by indulging in a creative outlet that is different from the one she built her career upon, Heigl is giving herself an opportunity to explore and experiment without the prying eyes of the public.

“It’s giving me a fresh perspective on all the things one can so easily take for granted. The way the horizon lights up at dusk. The colors of the leaves in September,” she explains. “The brightness of spring buds. The gentle look in my old dog's eyes. The wonder on my little boy's face. The dreaminess in my teenager's gaze.

“I’ve spent so much of my life analyzing human nature and have now found a way to take what I’ve learned and analyze the subtleties of the world around me and those in it. Art has really broadened my perspective on both.”

We're thrilled to be able to exclusively share some of her finished work and hope that Heigl will continue to do so with the public as she pursues her passion for the visual arts.

Not only is Katherine Heigl an extraordinary actress, but she's also a talented visual artist.

Pet Portrait by Katherine Heigl

Painting by Katherine Heigl

Portrait by Katherine Heigl

Spending upwards of 5 hours a day in her art studio when not on set, Heigl experiments in a variety of mediums, from charcoal to watercolor and oil paints.

Portrait by Katherine Heigl

Bird Painting by Katherine Heigl

Charcoal Portrait by Katherine Heigl


“I think it’s important for everyone to nourish their creativity in one way or another. We were all born with imaginative minds, and we all respond to the world around us in unique and creative ways.”

Katherine Heigl in Her Art Studio

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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