Heather MacKinlay FRSA
Her work, primarily in watercolour, has followed her extensive travels as part of her working career as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. Heather's travels have taken her through Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, America and Mexico, China, North Africa, the Middle East and she spent almost ten years living, working and painting in Australia.
Heather won a watercolour award for her work in Australia in 1986, where she has had a number of successful solo exhibitions. The latest at the Perth Gallery in 1997, featured work from Venice and the Middle East.
In London Heather had a successful exhibition of her work at The Art Collection Gallery in Chelsea in 1995 and her work was selected for exhibition at the Royal Watercolour Society Summer Open Exhibition and the 21st Century Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London, in 1995; 2003; 2004 and 2005.
Heather now lives in a cottage on the Essex/Suffolk border, where she has been entranced by the light and ever changing skies of Constable Country. Her work covers a wide variety of subjects including, the broad open East Anglian landscape; the detailed decay of Venetian canals; the dry burnt landscapes of the Australian and Jordanian deserts as well as delicate watercolour portraits of children. Her eye for understanding balance and structure are impeccable. While some of her studio work, reflects Heather's engineering training, being grounded and solidly constructed she has the ability to work 'al fresco' to capture the fleeting colours of light at dawn and dusk.
Heather's work is figuratively based, and in the nature of the medium of watercolour her work is influenced by the effects of light and how it can reveal and illuminate different aspects of the landscape at different times of the day. Heather's East Anglian work in particular reflects the sense of space and the sweep of rolling farmland, and increasingly the coastal light. Her favourite time of year for painting is harvest when the textures and colours of the landscape are rich and dramatic and the threat of summer storms is a constant danger.
Heather was created a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.