“For as long as I can remember
I have loved to draw and be creative. It is extremely satisfying
creating something out of nothing and I find the process quite
She has worked in the field of Art &
Design since the mid-1980s and in 1996 was awarded a first class
honours degree in furniture design. Since then she has worked
freelance as an illustrator and designed furniture for several
In 1999 she took a year off work to travel
the world, documenting the trip with many illustrations including
flamingos in Chile, albatrosses in New Zealand, as well as European
boats and architecture.
She lives and works from a cottage in the
Forest of Bowland, working mainly in fine line, ink and watercolour.
“I hate cluttered, fussy art
and like to create a flow to the piece. I feel that the spaces
are as important as the subjects featured and try to limit
the number of colours I use”.
As a freelance artist her illustrations have
been used in advertising, corporate art installations, merchandising,
publishing, greetings cards, personalised stationery and exhibitions.
She has a permanent exhibition a the Brabins
Gallery, Chipping, Preston.
Heidi also writes a regular column in “Lancashire
Life ” about the trials and tribulations of combining
self-sufficiency with raising a son and running a creative business.
She has also been awarded the Royal Society
for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce Design
Award and has worked as a
Crafts Council Research Assistant & Exhibition Organiser:
Heidi’s portfolio and more information can
be seen on her website at:
If you are, or know of any local artists
(painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located or
based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.