“With a fascination for the morose, the taboo and the exotic, painter Heather Straka is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and challenging artists”. OCULA. I met Heather on a recent trip to New Zealand. She is an amazing artist and a huge personality. I had the privilege of visiting her home and studio. I walked away from my encounter with Heather, inspired to stay true to my dream and madly in love with Italian Greyhounds.