April 2022 – Heather Griffin

Heather stepped in at short notice to give us a “PIG” demonstration of her animal art and use of oils in her paintings










About Heather 

I grew up in farm life. It taught me valuable lessons and allowed me to relate to nature’s colours and characters. I often combine this with gentle humour through hints of anthropomorphism. With animals as my main subject, personalities are never short.

My inspirations are best summarised as love and connection, be they from an animal bond, nostalgia or simply the joy of a moment shared. Through these empathic threads, I’ve enjoyed many a varied commission. Pets, wedding bouquets, abstracts and classic cars; there is always a story behind the artwork that lights me up.

I paint in oils, because of their fluidity and rich colour. Strong contrast and a play on composition have become hallmarks of my work, often sparking conversations about a subject’s character or the negative space around it. Hearing different interpretations of my work is an endless source of intrigue and satisfaction for me. There’s relatability, emotions roused and views on space.

After an unplanned 10-year break from painting, I returned in earnest 8 years ago. It is now my profession and a source of great pride. I am eternally grateful to all who have supported me along the way.

I have held successful exhibitions at the Sock Gallery, Melbourne Art Festivals, Market Bosworth Art Festivals, Rutland Show and Staunton Harold Artisan Show, alongside many thriving country shows.

I teach characterful oil painting for beginners, which is deeply rewarding. Art is for sharing! In 2021 I also instigated Star For Art; an annual creative confidence project for children that is growing from strength to strength.

I am based in Appleby Magna, on the borders of Leicestershire.
Thank you for viewing my work.



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