Heather has drawn and painted since childhood, with some of her fondest memories being her grandparents’ farm. From an early age she learned to appreciate nature and sought to create pictures of birds and animals in various media. Heather enjoyed occasional art classes and began pursuing her art more seriously in 2004 when she created a series of four coloring books for the Youth and Family Institute in Minneapolis.
In 2010 her growth as an artist took off when she began studying with a St. Paul artist and mentor. As Heather refined skills in charcoal, watercolor, pastels, and oils, she discovered a passion for the pastel medium. Heather has taken numerous workshops and classes in painting, pastels, and sketching. Her artwork has included soft pastels, acrylics, and oils. Several years ago she began painting “en plein air” (in the open air, on location). She has exhibited her artwork in exhibitions and shows in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, as well as out-of-state.
Heather has been sketching nearly five years and has recently traded in framed art, galleries, and exhibiting her artwork for a sketchbook and urban sketching. She is a member of Urban Sketchers Twin Cities.