Heather Lancaster is an Atlanta native who hails from a family of artists. Growing up, conversation at home circled around composition, color theory, perspective, and line quality. Rather than photographs, she and her siblings have her mother’s drawings and paintings as primary documentation of their childhood. It seems only natural that such an atmosphere fostered a profound appreciation for art, even as a child. Heather began her own study of art and visual expression as an adolescent and continued it throughout her college years and beyond. Her awareness of and love for the beauty in nature and wildlife is evident in her sensitive, finely rendered drawings of animals and botanical elements. In her latest body of work,“Ghosts in the Landscape: A Visual Study of Barn Owls,” Heather Lancaster ventures beyond strict representation of the subject matter to explore the abstract nature of lines, shapes, patterns and values. Marks made with graphite, charcoal, and India ink emphasize the importance of awareness and observation to appreciate fully that which often eludes us...and how the less obvious aspects of the natural world act in unison to create ghosts in the landscape.