Phoniex Rising by Heather King

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This is my best friend, Kristy, otherwise known as darkgrrl. I keep insisting she find a new nick name because she is the furthest thing from dark. She is my ray of light, my hope, my best friend. If it wasn’t for her, I would most likely be in a mental home, or even more physically ill if that can even be fathomed.

How did we meet? Fate! A higher power had known the lives we have lived and intervened, forcing our paths to cross?

Many years ago I had the lovely opportunity to show my work at a fetish show. Being a very pure and naive girl, new to Ottawa, I had no idea what this entailed. I had an entire 20 foot by 8 foot wall full of my photography. Long story short, I had a really bad panic attack and had to vacate this venue. I left all my art there too. Little did I know that as I was outside trying to regain my composure, Kristy came walking down the stairs and seen my work. She told me that she was unable to speak and move because my work touched her deeply on a level she will never find the right words for.
You see, we both grew up being a silent loner…bullied, an outcast to everyone human. I channeled my trauma’s through my art and I think this is how I reached her?

Days later I got an email from her telling me she wanted to buy some of my work. This was the first time someone had contacted me about buying my work. We met a week later. A week after that I started photographing her as my model. She is my dream model, my muse. I believe she is thee most beautiful woman, inside and out.

The second time we spent time together we both couldn’t sleep the night before…it was like being a little kid waiting for Santa to come as FINALLY we have met another soul that had completed our very own. It was 9 hours of bliss that day, and I found myself naturally being more open and honest with everything real and raw with her, things in which I had never told another soul. I am glad I did.

The title of this is so significant. I am so proud of my dear darkgrrl as she braved it and went to group anxiety class with me. It was a 3-4 month class. We went from always taking everything the wrong way, looking at the groud, being poor communicators…to being able to talk in front of 20 people. She has come so very far and I am so happy I got to take it with her. I am so freaking proud of you Kristy. I love you?

Side note: throughout the last 3 years of being chronically ill, this woman has accompanied me to every doctor, neurosurgeon, hospital appointment and emergency. I love her beyond any living soul and that will never change. Because I am poor and chronically exhausted I try and create beautiful works of art of her as a thank you for loving me so unconditionally.

no stock photography used
This image is © Heather King. You may not use this or any of my images (in whole or in part). All Rights Reserved.
Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

I am a self taught photographer and everything artist. For me this is meditation and medication!
I want to invade your mind or strike a cord in your heart with what I do. I do this for ME and those I love.

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  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 2 years ago

    Great image, wonderful colors, very well done!

  • awe, thanks so so so much my dear Madalena?

    – Heather King

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago

    Absolutely Magnificent!! I so admire your mirrored images Heather! You are the BEST! I just adore the heart at the top….HOW DO YOU DO THIS!! Excellent work my love! ?

  • awe, thanks so much Carla? I use 4 different programs usually for one mirrored image piece:) It’s hard because I don’’t use stock photography, so I have to photograph EVERYTHING in all pieces, flowers, clouds, rocks, birds, sun, trees, etc:) This one took about 5 hours today. Your sweet comment really makes me feel good, thank you honey? xoxox

    – Heather King

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago

    Beautiful dedication to a dear and loyal friend ?

  • awe, thank you. I hope it touches her heart. I waited 3.5 decades to find her…definitely worth the wait?

    – Heather King

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago

    I must admit I am “lazy” when it comes to the use of “stock images”, but you inspire me to be a better photographer and artist. I’m just a babe in the woods and a late in life experiment in Art, but I so love learning from original persons as yourself. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
    3.5 decades! I thought you were 21 at the MOST! ?

  • you really touch my heart Carla! 3 yrs ago a dear friend sent me a photo to work on of her. It was so personal to her that I just couldn’t bring myself to using stock photography. I need fists and knuckles and interesting things…so I photographed whatever and whomever I could get my hands on. Somedays where there’s no wildlife to photograph, I go out to do clouds, trees, anything I can use as my own stock, it feels so so so much better:) I’m 38. You thought I was 21? really? thanks:)

    – Heather King

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    It has to be fate. I am so glad you two have each other. I have a best friend too, and sadly she lives far away, even though we talk on the phone sometimes every day, or every other day, depending. We have known each other since adolescence. Were she near, we would be together constantly. A beautiful tribute from one angel to another. ????

  • Thank you sweetest Shar???

    – Heather King

  • plasmatwin
    plasmatwinover 2 years ago

    Holy crap sweetie!
    This is amazing! Even the thumbnail grabbed my
    attention on the wall feed. The colors along with
    the subject matter are perfection! ?

  • awe, thank you so much sweet sister?

    – Heather King

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesover 2 years ago

    Very cool, Heather!

  • Thank you so much Jen?

    – Heather King

  • Charles  Murray
    Charles Murrayover 2 years ago

    Heather, very nice image. Very well composed.


  • Thank you sweet Charles?

    – Heather King

  • K Lockhart
    K Lockhartover 2 years ago

    Today I have begun to raise funds to help my best friend and redbubble artist Heather King. She is very ill with Lyme disease and since there is no proper treatment here in Canada she will have to go to the U.S.A to visit a Lyme doctor as many other people afflicted with this terrible disease do too. If you have a facebook page I was wondering if at all possible for you to post the link below on your page. Spreading the word will help so very much!!

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer
    Please help to save Heather, I love her with all of my heart?


  • Thank you honey, I love you ever so much!

    – Heather King

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 2 years ago

    Click on the banner to go straight to the feature.

    Sybille, Anna and Jenifer

  • Thank you so so so very much for this fabulous feature Sybille, Anna and Jenifer?

    – Heather King

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