She attended McMaster University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She then went on graduate from the well-respected Interpretive Illustration program at Sheridan College. She has pursued her passion for painting ever since.
Heather’s work focuses on internal states, contemplative narratives and often has a personal connection to her own life. She paints people and places she is close, and is inspired by what is often suggested rather than what is obvious.
Heather has been exhibiting regularly since 2004 when she joined Abbozzo Gallery, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years. Her most recent solo exhibition was in Chicago, Illinois in June 2018 titled “Near and Dear”.
Heather’s work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. A selection of her paintings is now a part of the permanent collection at the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as well part of the Government of Ontario’s permanent collection.
Several of Heather’s paintings are in an upcoming film called A Simple Favor, starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, premiering September 2018.
Heather has been profiled by Bravo! Canada on a series called The Artist’s Life.
She is represented by Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Artist Curriculum Vitae
2018: Near and Dear, The Dime Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2016: What Dreams May Come, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2014: New paintings, Baked Café, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
2012 Surfacing: New Paintings, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2012 Selected Paintings, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2011 An Aesthetic Voyage, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2009 Newfoundland Portraits, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2007 Passages, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2004 New Paintings, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2002 New Paintings, Gallery In The Mall, Jackson Square, Hamilton, Ontario
1997 Twiggy Café, Toronto, Ontario
Selected Juried Exhibitions
2012 The Ontario Society Of Artists Celebrates 140 Years, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
2008 I-Am-A-Heather, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Artworks 7th Annual Juried Show, Oakville Town Hall, Oakville, ON
Small, Smaller, Smallest Miniature Show, Federation Of Canadian Artists, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 39th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition, Society Of Canadian Artists, Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Museum, Toronto, ON
2006 4th Annual International Painting On The Edge Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Plus more exhibitions dating back to 2002.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 “Go Figure”, Figurative works at First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario
2013 3rd Annual Twitter Art Exhibit, Exhale Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2012 Group Exhibition, OISE Building, University Of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Group Exhibition, Canadian Embassy Official Residence, Ankara, Turkey (for International Women’s Day)
2008 Various Group Exhibitions with Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2008 The Best Of The Contemporaries, Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario
Plus many other group exhibitions dating back to 1994.
2002 Interpretive Illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
1999 Art Fundamentals Program, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario (with Honours)
1997 Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Other Art Experience
2016 Brushes with Cancer fundraiser and exhibition, Chicago, Illinois
2016 Guest Speaker, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
2015 “Hannah, Osmosis” chosen as label artwork for Collective Arts Brewing Series Four
2013 Guest Speaker, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2012 Guest Speaker, assistant and exhibition at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2012 Guest Speaker for The Burlington Fine Art Association, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
2011 Speaker for Danielle’s Place Eating Disorders Centre, Healing Through The Arts, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
2009 Guest Speaker, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario
2008 Juror, Society Of Canadian Artists’ Election of New Members
2007 Guest Speaker, Oakville Rotary Club, Oakville, Ontario
2014 “Montana Mountain 1” featured on the cover of Northwestel’s 2014/2015 phonebook.
2006 Honorable Mention, Society Of Canadian Artists’ 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Mike Randall Family Award, Artworks 6th Annual Juried Show, Oakville, Ontario
2006 First Prize, Artworks 6th Annual Juried Show, Oakville, Ontario
2005 Opus Framing And Art Supplies Award, 3rd Annual Painting On The Edge Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
2004 Opus Framing And Art Supplies Award, 2nd Annual Painting On The Edge Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
2003 Best In Show Award, Society Of Canadian Artists, Members Juried Exhibition “Water”, Etobicoke, Ontario
Publications And Other Media
“A Simple Favor”, Lionsgate films, 2018. (several paintings appear)
“Art and Antiques” magazine, summer 2018
“Gayle, Snowshoeing” selected to appear in a 2014 calendar of artwork to raise funds for “Canadian Artists For The Poor”, helping to fight extreme poverty in the world.
“Heeding The Call Of The Yukon”, interview with Dave White on CBC Radio North, May 2013
“David’s Studio Sunset” as cover art for “Sonnets From The Labrador”, a book of poetry by Samuel Peralta
2011 Interview on CBC Radio North, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
2011 The Oakville Beaver, article about solo exhibition about Christopher McCandless at Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2009 The Globe And Mail Newspaper
2007 Bravo! Canada. Featured on “The Artist’s Life”, a show about working artists in Canada.
Dogs In Canada Magazine
BC Business Magazine
West Of The City Magazine
The Toronto Star Newspaper
Art Avenue Magazine
Other Voices Poetry and Art Journal
Private and Public Collections
The Permanent Art Collection of the Province Of Ontario
Parks Canada,Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
The collection of David and Anita Blackwood
The collection of Mr. Stephen Colbert
The collection of the Canadian Embassy, Ankara, Turkey
Numerous private collections throughout Canada, The United States and Europe
The Ontario Society Of Artists