About Heidi Schwartz

I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up, I liked to draw. I loved color and playing with color. As I got older, I started exploring my creativity and ideas more. It’s how I learned about myself. I feel like that was how I found myself. Making a painting or a drawing was a place to gather my thoughts and a place where I could make sense of my emotions.

But my art wasn’t how I got to Nashville. I came to become a singer. At 19, I began taking classes at Belmont University’s commercial music program.

While pursuing music, I painted. I began putting words into my paintings and these turned into songs. I was venting in my paintings and venting in songs. It was my idea factory – these became song paintings. On my first album, I wrote songs and each song had a painting connected to it.

I kind of fell into live painting.

While working at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, I talked to an entertainment manager about a job performing.

He heard my music on my website and saw my paintings. He asked if I could do a painting at a dinner. I agreed and that led to another painting at another dinner and then to painting a birthday.

Three hours is usually how long it takes to do a live painting. I pick the nuances in a room and look at symbols and abstract things and kind of piece it together like a puzzle. I have a time limit and I just do it. I focus on the painting. I’m in my own world.

I kind of sat on the whole idea of doing live paintings. Then I just decided, “Why not? People are responding to this. It’s interesting and a challenge. It’s something I can do.”

I like giving back to people. It’s something that I’m adding to the world that is unique. I am using my brain and using my creativity, which is my strength.

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  • "Heidi and her Talent is a Unique and Wonderful event to have! Our Event was at the Bridge Building in Nashville overlooking the city and the picture was an incredible nighttime skyline shot with personal touches of our event added. We sold chances to win the picture – I actually was able to persuade the winner to let me buy it from her I loved it so much!!"

    Susan Raque - MPI Event Coordinator and Southeast Regional Sales Manager for the French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN

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    Susan Raque
  • As an organization, we were somewhat shocked at the reaction from our event’s attendees! Dozens of people found me during the event to let me know how cool it was to have an artist painting the event. My friends and colleagues won’t stop talking about how cool the concept is!

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    Craig Carlson, Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation
  • Having an artist paint live at my wedding reception was one of the best decisions I made while planning my wedding. Her artwork was a topic of conversation that brought both sides of the family together. She brought a sense of class, creativity, and fun to the reception which made the whole night memorable not only for me but for all my guests. And now, I have a gorgeous piece of art that I can look at everyday to remind me of the joy of my special day.

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    Dana Patel, Bride
  • Heidi Schwartz is a gifted artist and our guests truly enjoyed watching her artistic process. The Interpretive Painting was a very unique, intriguing, and popular aspect of our event this year. Because Heidi Schwartz’s muse is the ambiance of the event, it also gave our guests an opportunity to become a part of the artwork itself. They were amazed with the final product and were in a bidding war to take this beautiful one-of-a-kind painting home with them. We have already had numerous requests to bring back Heidi and her Interpretive Painting for next year’s event!

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    Angie Colvin, Legacy Ball Committee Member
  • Heidi is professionalism, beauty, creativity, grace and quirky-ness personified! I have used her for several major corporate functions, one in fact that involved painting the entire group from a revolving stage in the center of the room as they dined. Her abstract eye and free spirit is infectious and an amazing, totally original addition to any large corporate event.

    HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

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    Warren M. Lyng, Director – Entertainment & Special Events Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center