Heather was born in 1962 and grew up in Kirkcudbright, to which she has now returned to paint full time in her studio on the edge of the town.
Whilst in Glasgow, Heather attended evening classes at The Glasgow School of Art and also studied with the Open College of the Arts.
Heather has a distinctive, bold and contemporary style. Recent work shows a loosening up of her previous more tightly controlled images. She now creates a rich under texture to her paintings – and on top of that base works up rough charcoal drawings which are then over painted in loose brush strokes, with generous amounts of rich pigment.
“I cut the board and paint it with three layers of white gesso… I drag the charcoal loosely over the surface to sketch out some lines… I add more colours in pastel and smudge them all… my hands are now black! I run water into the jars, pull out the big brushes, squeeze out the paints, mix up some colours, turn on the music and begin to slop on the pigment….I texture the rich paint and leave it to dry…
…I turn again to the charcoal and then again to the paint until the work tells me that it is finished….what better way to spend a day….there’s nothing that compares to this artist’s life…”
Heather has exhibited and sold work in various galleries in Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, Crail, Stonehaven and Kirkcudbright. She also takes part, every May, in the Spring Fling open studios event in Dumfries and Galloway.
Although she is inspired by the local landscapes, Heather doesn’t often paint exactly what she sees. Instead most pieces are a sort of jigsaw of images of things that she has sketched or photographed, all knitted together to produce paintings that she hopes will evoke in the viewer a pleasant memory of something from their own experience.