Heather was born in 1963, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. From a young age she enjoyed drawing animals and learning about them. By the time Heather graduated from high school she was aiming to become a wildlife artist. She attended the University of Victoria, and later took a commercial art course by correspondence.
Heather has created pictures of various subjects including cartoons, portraits (of animals and people), still life, landscape, aircraft, and architecture, but her main focus has always been wildlife. Most of her wildlife paintings are done in acrylic although she has worked in pen and ink, pastel, pencil, gouache, and oil. She has also completed a few relief wood carvings.
As result of her husband's career in the military, their family has moved often, living in the Prairies (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and on both coasts (in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island), as well as Germany for four years. As a result, she has had the opportunity to observe varied wildlife. She has always been particularly interested in the animals of Africa and is looking forward to visiting the continent and doing more paintings featuring the animals there.
Bigfork Bay Cotton Company (Bigfork Bay, Montana) produced quilt patterns featuring her painting images. In 2008, a painting of Trumpeter Swans won her the title of Ducks Unlimited Canada's National Artist of the Year.
Her wildlife art has been exhibited in Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia), the Netherlands (Wild in de Natuur International Wildlife Exhibition), Belgium, and the United States (Art and the Animal).
Frank and Heather live in Courtenay, British Columbia, where Heather works at home in her studio. Their daughter, Coleen, is taking university studies at North Island College in Courtenay, British Columbia and their son, Richard, is undergoing flight training to be a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.




Exhibitions:

  • Wild in de Natuur 2002 and 2003, t' Kunshuis van het Oosten, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Wildlife Artists Promotion Days, July 2003, Bruges, Belgium
  • Manitoba Art Expo, Nov 2010, 2011, 2012, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 50th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Sept 2010 – Feb 2011, National History Museum, San Diego, California; The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado
  • 51st Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Sept 2011 – Sept 2012, The Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan; The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado; Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, Missouri; Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 52nd Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Sept 2012 – Dec 2013, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
  • 53rd Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Aug 31 – Oct 31, 2013, The Bennington - Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont; Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey; Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona; Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, Georgia
  • 54th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Aug 23 – Oct 26, 2014, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO.
  • 55th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, Aug 28 – Oct 25, 2015, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY.

Awards:

  • Award of Excellence, Federation of Canadian Artists, Comox Valley Chapter Members Show, 2006
  • National Artist of the Year 2008, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • The People's Choice Award 2012, Comox Valley Estuary Project Watershed - Keeping it Living

Publications:

  • "Master Critique" Wildlife Art - July/August 2000.
  • "Local Artist Receives National Award" Comox Valley Echo, 12 Feb 2008.
  • International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII, ICA Publishing 2014. Also featured on frontispiece.

Collections:

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Comox Air Force Museum, British Columbia, Canada

Exploring Alcock Lake near Kenora, Ontario.

50th annual Art and the Animal Exhibition, San Diego, CA.

2010 Manitoba Art Expo, Winnipeg, Manitoba

51st Art and the Animal Exhibition, Traverse City, Michigan.

Heather and Society of Animal Artists' President, Diane Mason (signing catalogue).

Heather's art studio at home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Heather and family at the 2012 Art and the Animal exhibition held at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell NJ.