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Born in the heart of the New Forest, Heather grew up with the rich countryside and coastline as a childhood playground, with much time spent amidst its diverse landscape and wonderful wildlife. After an Art Foundation course at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art, Heather went on to study on a Fine Art Degree at the prestigious Royal Academy Schools of Art in London, later returning to her native county to establish her art classes and workshops there, as well as continuing her work as an art demonstrator to art groups and societies and being a practising artist.

The Hampshire and Dorset coastline is an area Heather has always drawn on as a source of inspiration for her artwork- mainly coastal views and landscapes, but also the busy beach or river views of rowing sport scenes, or wildlife drawing and painting. Heather also enjoys the subjects of houses and gardens.

Heather is an adept painter in acrylics and watercolours, with a recent return to the use of oil paints too, often using watercolour sketches or acrylic studies painted directly from the landscape as a beginning point for larger studio based painting. Heather has a passion for depicting structure and form, played out by sunlight and shade, and these elements along with colour and textures all play out within her painting.

Since the mid 80’s, Heather has exhibited her work both regionally and in London, organising and curating solo and group exhibitions, or taking part in open art competitions. She has had work shown in the Royal Academy Summer Show, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Southampton City Art Gallery, the St Barbes Open, the Art House Inaugural Show and the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, amongst other exhibitions. She has work in private collections in the UK, Canada and the United States, and in 2000 was the first artist commissioned by the Lee Valley Park Authority as part of a new art residency programme in its headquarters gardens, with a number of subsequent works placed in the Collection.

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