"I never cease to be amazed by the brilliant patterns that nature reveals to us. I walk past the same lanes, trees and gates day in and day out, and then, on occasion, the light or weather conditions are such that things that had not caught my attention much before suddenly provoke and encourage me", Heather Blanchard.
Heather was born and spent her childhood in the West Midlands. After attending Wolverhampton and Chelsea Schools of Art, she spent her early career as a successful textile designer, based in London but selling work mainly in Japan and the USA, also working as a part-time lecturer at Southend School of Art.
In the 1980s she gave up teaching to concentrate on interior design, exhibition design and hand printed wallpapers, also illustrating several countryside and educational publications.
She has been a professional fine art painter for 25 years. Having led a fairly nomadic life, her last move was to Scotland eight years ago. She has been prize winner and Judge at the Cumbrian Open exhibition and exhibited in the Dumfries and Galloway Spring Fling Open Studios for the last 7 years. She has had many successful exhibitions in Essex, Suffolk, Shropshire, Wales, Cumbria and more recently Scotland.