Profile on Artist - Heidi Willis
Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught watercolour artist. Painting full-time since 2003, she has quickly established herself as one of Australia's emerging artistic talents. At 35, her reputation as a natural history, wildlife artist and botanical artist is well established. Her works can be found in significant public and private collections around the world and she has recently returned home from exhibiting her work by invitation in Asia.
In 2004, Heidi had 20 works selected for her first 'Botanica' exhibition in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. Her work was purchased by Dr Shirley Sherwood for inclusion in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection of international contemporary botanical artists.
She was selected as a finalist in the highly competitive Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, hosted by the South Australian Museum in 2004, 2006 and in 2007. The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is one of the most prestigious and sought after art prizes in Australia. This international exhibition promotes and recognizes excellence in natural history art. From over 600 entries worldwide, Heidi's watercolour painting 'Female Satin Bowerbird' was selected as a finalist in the 2007 exhibition.
Producing her first graphite illustrations in 2005, both works were selected for the Margaret Flockton Award. Hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the Margaret Flockton Award recognises outstanding achievement in scientific botanical illustration and receives international submissions. Heidi won an awards for 'excellence in botanical illustration' for her pencil works in 2005 and again in 2006.
In 2006 Heidi had two paintings selected for the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation exhibition in the USA and her works will now be held in the permanent collection of the University. Last year, and again in 2007, Heidi has been a finalist in the 'Focus On Nature' exhibition, a Natural History Art Prize held in the New York State Museum . The Focus on Nature exhibition was recently placed in the top 10 exhibitions within the capital region. Her 'Kingfisher' painting was selected for the cover of the colour catalogue and exhibition posters in 2006. Heidi's botanical and wildlife illustrations will again be on exhibition at the Museum for five months over 2008.
Her original artworks are now available from the Morpeth Gallery. A selection of Heidi's botanical and wildlife illustrations are available in limited edition prints and can be purchased from the Shop Gallery.