As far back as Heather can remember, she's always loved art. When she was a freshman at BHS, she consciously began experimenting with different media and projects. She took every art course offered at the high school, with the exception of Ceramics. Through her exploration, Heather gravitated towards the use of bright, vibrant colors and work in high-contrast media. She won a Silver Key award for a still life she submitted to the Scholastic Art Show.
In time, Heather decided that photography was "it" for her. In truth, her choice may have been influenced some by the fact that her grandfather, Frank Pallo, Sr., is a professional photographer and a former president of the Photographic Society of America. Heather likes darkroom work, and she's already thinking ahead about how she can transform an image in the darkroom even as she is composing it with her camera.
Heather has put her love of art and photography to work for others by contributing significantly to the painting of the mural in the lobby of the Brighton Library and the mural over the entrance to the BHS art department. She also participates in the Youth group at her church.
Heather plans to continue her study of photography at RIT. "It's a strong program, and a great fit for me," she says. She hopes to learn to play the guitar in her free time.
photo and story by Jim Kane
June 27, 2004