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Born in the heart of the New Forest, Heather Jolliffe grew up with the rich countryside and nearby coastline as a childhood playground, with much time spent amidst its diverse landscape and wonderful wildlife. After completing an Art Foundation course at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art, Heather went on to study Fine Art at degree level at the prestigious Royal Academy Schools of Art in London.
Her work includes paintings of iconic Hampshire and Dorset locations such as The Needles or Old Harry Rocks, but also the leafy Hampshire lanes through the seasons or the Lymington saltmarsh and local shingle beaches. A keen naturalist and bird watcher, Heather loves to bring the natural world into her artwork too, with a fascination for the vegetation that can be found on the shingle beaches near her and the wildlife around her.
Heather is an adept painter in acrylics and watercolours, using a combination of en-plein air watercolour sketches before finishing them in her studio. The sketchbook work and visual recording of what she sees and encounters on her walks and trips to locations are the bedrock of her practice, and Heather gets real satisfaction when people relate to those connections in her completed paintings.