Today in the Artist Lounge we are featuring the internationally acclaimed artist
Khayli Heijkoop. Khayli was born in New York but soon got a taste of the world when
at the age of two her family moved to the Philippines. From an early age Khayli
showed an interest in art. She demonstrated a natural gift at an early age and her
family began enrolling her in art classes. By the age of 13 she was already making
a name for herself in the Philippine art market. Her work was presented in local
exhibits and was soon being used in magazines and advertisements. At the age of
16 her family moved to Madrid Spain where Khayli was allowed to continue nurturing
her artistic gift. While living in Madrid, Khayli continued to exhibit, and won
several competitions from the local to the international level.
I had the pleasure of meeting Khayli at an art exhibit and wine tasting at Grape
located in Point Orlando last week. Her work immediately caught my eye, as it was
vibrant, cheerful, and captivating. It held a certain childlike innocence while
at the same time transporting one to a world of fantasy and beauty. I introduced
myself and proceeded to ask her where her inspiration comes from. She softly responded,
“My inspiration comes from my emotions, my spirituality, and the beauty I see in
everyday life.” In speaking with her a bit longer, I soon discovered that one of
my two favorite pieces held a very personal theme. The piece entitled “Expectation”
is a beautiful tribute to motherhood. It is a fully blossomed profile of a pregnant
belly with flowers of joy on one side and the faces of anticipation on the other
side. The faces I later realized were representative of her children whom she says
keep her filled with a sense of wonder. “It is a way of me remembering one of the
most amazing experiences of my life, the birth of my children who bring me so much
Meeting Khayli and seeing her talent, her love of her family, her wonder of the
world around her, and soft spoken humility made for an amazing experience as a reporter.
Her work is sure to touch the soul of anyone who bears witness to it.
Khayli has been expressing her artwork in oils over the past six years and currently
resides in Jacksonville. To enjoy the experience of seeing her work for yourself,
you can log on to www.Khayli.com
You can listen some of Khayli said via our audio clip in Orlando Cultural Radio
). Enjoy these brief moments with the internationally renowned artistbroughtto
you by Orlando Cultural Magazine.
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