As a visual translator, Heather MacAskill explores movement through colour, line, and texture in various two-dimensional media. She finds inspiration in typography, cartography, physics, astronomy, flora, fauna, Canadian history, geography, and the interaction of light on water.
“When I'm creating, or exploring landscape with artist's eyes, I feel alive.”
The study of landscape began in Ontario, in the medium of black and white photography with her father's influence and guidance. Design has become an intuitive underlying structure. Drawing en plein air and blind contour drawing has become a creative meditation.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
Heather MacAskill believes that drawing and design skills are essential to create a strong painting. She connects to Canada's landscape through cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking. Obsessed about letterforms, book and page design, and colour systems, Heather MacAskill also has professional experience in advertising, print and website design, illustration, photography, and architecture.
“U have to learn the rules before U can break them.”
Heather MacAskill has exhibited her visual art in solo and group exhibitions in SE BC since the 1990s, after a cross-Canada trip with her child. Her visual art is in private collections in Canada and the U.S. She has been based in Nelson British Columbia since 1991.
“A work of art is never completed, only abandoned.”
This website is an online gallery created to display the artwork of Heather MacAskill and her ongoing creative projects.
Merriweather is the fabulous typeface (font) used on this website. It is designed by Eben Sorkin of Sorkin Type Co.
Notepad++ is the handy, dandy open-source program used to write the code for this website.