Painting is Heidi’s way of ‘talking’ about the beauty all around her and color is her favorite ‘expression’. She has travelled extensively throughout the northwest of North America by land and water, as well as in other parts of the world. As she travels she likes to soak up the colors and the moods of the land and sea and study the behavior of the wildlife and the people. Heidi then returns home loaded with inspiration, sketches and field studies of landscapes, abandoned trucks, old fences, and ‘wild’ life to populate her canvases.
Her style is realism but in her paintings Heidi ‘reinterprets’ colors and structures and shapes to create her own new world where there is harmony, humor and pathos. Her technique is a fusion of watercolorists’ and oil painters’ techniques as she was a watercolorist for many years.
Heidi has lived in the North for over thirty years and has been exhibiting in United States and Canada since 1979. Her work has been recognized by the American Bald Eagle Foundation and the British Columbia Wildlife Federation. One of her pieces is in the collection of the Governor General of Canadawhile others are in private and corporate collections around the world. She has also had paintings published in books and calendars.
When Heidi is not painting, fishing, bird watching or teaching she also likes to sculpt wildlife and polymer clay jewellery. Her father was a sculptor and painter and her first teacher.