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Heather's History

Heather received her diploma in illustration from Sheridan College in 1990. "I put myself through college working in art galleries and framing shops. I enjoyed learning the trade of picture framing and found the whole process from choosing the mats and frame to the actual process of cutting mats and joining frames quite creative. "After graduating, Heather became a freelance commercial artist. "I loved being able to learn about packaging, doll design, and book making. I spent a lot of time painting Anne of Green Gables and other characters in watercolor.   I was the illustrator and designer for the original Canadian Maplelea Doll.  It was such a blessing to be able to do what I love.

"When the economy took a turn I was laid off and needed to look for other work.  It was a sad time and difficult to find work.  I was able to continue to use some of my skills and found partime work in framing shops and galleries.  I also had the opportunity to work for the Newmarket School of Fine Art where I learned the art of teaching others.  There were an amazing group of artists who worked at this school and I was able to learn some of their techniques and perfected my ability to teach art."

"In May of 2010 I opened the Creative Palette in Thornton.  I opened an art gallery, offered art classes and picture framing in hopes of finding a way to support myself with my love of art.  On April 8th, 2015, I opened my new location in a home-based business at 36 Wellington St. West in Barrie.  Here I will focus on my art classes and my picture framing service and I can hopefully find time to create more so I can share my knowledge with others." I look forward to offering better workshops for adults and the best prices and quality in my picture framing service."



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Shelly Melnyk

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:339 Feedbacks Super User

"One word: 'Awesome!' Heather’s skills & talent as an artist combined with her warm, enthusiastic inclusive approach have afforded my daughter to grow and explore her creative passion. The variety of mediums helped her to try new things and create pieces she is truly proud to show. The technique and theory help to round out her whole learning experience. Thank you Heather!" Shelly Melnyk

Ruth Rankin

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:265 Feedbacks Super User

"Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed every class that she’s taken with Heather. So much so, that she invited friends to an art class birthday party. Lots of fun! It’s been a great balance to add a creative activity to her extra-curricular activities." Ruth Rankin

Pamela Schellling

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:233 Feedbacks Super User

"She loves art. We love framing her work. We love the oil pastels and the watercolors. A beautiful smile after every class to go with a fantastic piece of art!" Pamela Schellling

Tracy Link

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:282 Feedbacks Super User

"My daughter loves coming to art class with Heather. She loves it so much she has asked to join a second class per week. The pieces she has brought home are beautiful. Our favorite painting is on our fireplace mantel so we can see and enjoy it every day. Heather is very talented and works well with the children. We would recommend this class to everyone." Tracy Link


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