What is the best thing that I love about my work? Where it takes me. When I’m creating nothing else matters, it’s when I’m most present. It’s when I’m most connected to myself.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Simply just “being”. Being in the moment, not thinking or feeling anything else. Not waiting for what’s next. This happens most often when I’m underwater – feeling the water on every inch of my skin, feeling the silence, being part of a different world.
What is my greatest fear? Death. Only because there’s so much more I want to do, so much more I want to see, and so much more I want to feel.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The fact that I don’t have a lot of patience, too often I want to know what happens next and it creates a lot of anxiety in my life.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Barbara Cole, Connie Imboden – both are brilliant underwater fine art photographers.
What is my greatest extravagance? Experiences.
On what occasion would I lie? Not many – I probably lie to myself, not other people.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Everything after I’ve already created it. Getting it “out there”, pricing it – it’s all really grueling.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Grad school, I’ve never been able to create at such a rapid pace at any other time of my life. I was also exhibiting non-stop. It was tiring and made me moody, but I was really “in it”.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Being fearful, being impatient – both make me do some crazy shit, or nothing at all.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Probably hearing and seeing how other people react to it. When someone says “this really speaks to me, and I don’t know why”, it means I’ve elicited a feeling within them, and nothing is better than that.
Where would I most like to live? Right now I love St. Pete – I could relocate, no matter where though it would need to be very near an ocean.
What is my most treasured possession? My cheap little underwater point and shoot, it’s the bridge between myself and my work.
What is my most marked characteristic? Physically – my eyes. In my personality – some would say my passion or intensity, others might say my emotions.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The seawall at Vinoy Park. Water is so powerful – it contains so much life, and is life itself. It’s a mirror.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Locale farm to table – good ass food, lovely environment.
What books influenced my life and how? I’ve always read a lot of YA – they are an escape, sort of like a dream.
Who are my favorite writers? I don’t read a lot of literature, but there’s a poet that’s always stuck with me – James Galvin.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? A playlists of sorts: Brand New – Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades, Devics – Red Morning, Portishead – Mysterons, Deftones – RX Queen, Radiohead – Idioteque, O Brother – slow sin, Further Seems Forever – The Moon is Down, The Notrious B.I.G. – Hypnotize, Nirvana – Come as You Are. Death Cab for Cutie – Champagne From A Paper Cup. David Bowie – Black Star, This could go on forever…
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Harry Potter, yep – his loyalty could move mountains if he were to exist in the real world. Katniss Everdeen for the same reason.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My family: my step – dad (dad) who has loved me as his own, my mother who has always sacrificed a lot for me and been my best friend, my little sister for being a constant reminder to just be.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Fight Club, it will shake you.
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s everything – it’s in the trees, it’s in the ocean, it’s in the air and energy all around us if you look and stop to feel. ANYONE is capable of this. It’s when we are too inside of ourselves, too inside of our own heads that we lose touch with it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Good question – my friends and family are always there to encourage and support me. I’m not sure who my greatest fan is, come forward I say to you! I’m still looking for a partner in crime.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I’d love to find a mentor to push me, someone who sees what I don’t.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Connie Imboden, Barbara Cole.
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? 2017 is almost over, but I look forward to pushing my underwater series to a different place.
Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
Heathercomparetto.com and sometimes on Instagram @heatheretto.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion lives in all of us, reaching down and connecting to it is what can be hard. Don’t give up on it.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Olan Quattro, Brittany Metz.
How can you contact me?
Instagram @heatheretto, email: firstname.lastname@example.org