BIOGRAPHYHeather Maunders

Heather was brought up in rural Leicestershire where an early fascination with the natural world led her to pursue a career in biological sciences. She found that the knowledge gained here complemented and enhanced a lifelong interest in natural elements, which she expressed through her painting and drawing.

Moving with her family to Cambridgeshire in 1990 and acquiring a garden gave her the opportunity to grow the flowers which inspired her passion to express their beauty on paper. Exchanging the laboratory for a studio gave her the time to expand and develop ideas collected over the years. Observing the bold intensity of colour, the sensuous rhythms created by movement or their ephemeral nature as they develop, mature and die through the seasons gives her limitless opportunities to create vibrant and striking images.

Her preferred media is watercolour its versatility allowing delicate transparency or bold layers of colour for impact. Detail is important to Heather and with the aid of photography the intricacies and interplay of space within flowers and other objects are observed. Her artwork ranges from figurative observations of flowers and animals to work which aims capture the intrinsic nature of the subject. In addition to flowers, observations of animals and coastal environments have provided raw material for paintings.

Heather gained Art A level at school and continued to develop her skills, attending many courses including tuition in botanical illustration techniques.

As an active member of the Cambridge Drawing Society, Cambridge Open Studios, Ouse-Life Group and the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists she exhibits regularly and her portfolio continues to expand. Clients include House and Garden magazine, Quarto Publishing; text and ilustrations for the instructive book “How to Paint Watercolour Flowers” for Readers Digest and illustrations commissioned for a major global company marketing luxury fragrance and beauty products. Her work can be found around the world including the US, New Zealand and Egypt.