I began my love of the natural world early on, accompanying my mother into the woods to collect plants for pressing, sketching and dried arrangements. Many years later as an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden, I discovered the rich, hidden world of the herbarium, a preserved plant bank. I began using the classical plant preservation method for my own horticultural identification and this in turn became a great source of art inspiration to me. However, my frustration with the fragility of the preserved plants pushed me to experiment with nature printing which in turn led to further experiments resulting in my unique, one-off hand prints I call ‘nature monotypes’. I am a hunter/gatherer with exclusive permission to collect plants in some of the finest gardens on the East Coast. Approximately thirty steps are needed to complete the simplest pieces.
Awarded a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden, Heather is a textile designer and former garden writer whose art has been featured at Holly/Hunt, Chicago, David Winter Works on Paper, NY, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, and the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT as well as other private and exhibition venues.