Biography (C.V.)

FullSizeRenderHeather Horton was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

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

Solo Exhibitions

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.

Academic History

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.

Snap Burlington


Dogs In Canada Magazine

Bark 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

Art Associations

The Ontario Society Of Artists