Wyllis Heaton (born in Pasadena
CA. 1976) is an award winning Plein Air landscape painter as
well as a licensed landscaping designer based in Santa Barbara
Growing up in Pasadena, Wyllis
was influenced by William Stout, a famous illustrator who lived
nearby and whose art studio he often visited. After graduating
from high school, Wyllis studied at the University of California
in Santa Barbara where he developed a love for the Santa Barbara
region and a passion for its wide range of iconic landscapes.
In 2002 Wyllis earned a degree
in illustration from Pasadenas Art Center. He went on to
teach for 6 years at the California Art Academy in San Gabriel
where his weekend classes were very well attended.
Despite travelling extensively
to paint landscapes in other locales, Santa Barbara has been
his permanent home since 2007. Wyllis is currently building his
portfolio of original artworks while also designing gardens,
fountains and exterior details in Santa Barbara.
Wyllis Heaton can often be found
at art shows creating and exhibiting his works. He enjoys the
Plein Air setting for painting and the challenge of capturing
the ephemeral beauty of the rapidly changing landscapes.