Heidi has traveled throughout North America (as far north as Tuktoyaktuk) by land and water and ice road, as well as in other parts of the world such as South America, Down Under, Europe and Asia. As she travels she likes to soak up the colors and the moods and the textures of the land, wildlife and people. She returns home loaded with inspiration and sketches.
Her style is realism but in her paintings Heidi ‘reinterprets’ colors and structures and shapes to create a world where there is beauty and harmony. As Rousseau once said it is the artists job to “perfect” upon nature. Though she was a water colorist for most of her career her preferred technique is to use fluid acrylics in a fusion of water colorist’s and oil painter’s techniques. She also uses many traditional techniques such as glazing and grisaille.
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 Canada while others are in private and corporate collections around the world. She has also had paintings published in several books and calendars.
When Heidi is not painting, fishing, bird watching or teaching she also likes to sculpt. Her father was a sculptor and painter and her first teacher. She likes to work with polymer clay and glass to produce one-of-a-kind “wearable art” jewellery.