Yorkshire journalist Heather Dixon comes from an artistic family, but never imagined that her own paintings would ever see the light of day.
“I draw and paint as a way of unwinding,” says Heather, a magazine writer specialising in homes and interiors. “Like many people I am constantly working to deadlines and travel thousands of miles every year, so it’s a joy to take time out and lose myself in something so absorbing.”
But as the spare bedroom of her home near Howden, East Yorkshire, started to fill up with canvases, friends and family urged her to enter them in local exhibitions. They quickly started to sell and Heather’s output increased as she became more involved with Yorkshire’s thriving art community.
“I got swept along by it,” says Heather, who paints under her married name of Heather Burton. “Working as an interiors writer I understand how art, in all its forms, defines a room. A huge piece of abstract art may be the key item. And the choice of artwork says as much about the owner as their furniture and colour schemes. Many people spend more time choosing a painting than they do an expensive piece of furniture because it’s such a personal thing. It made me realise that there is a demand for all kinds and styles of art and that encouraged me to keep going.”
Heather began with portraiture and figurative work but recently turned her hand to land and seascapes inspired by the coast and countryside of Yorkshire.
“I paint in oils and acrylic, mainly with a palette knife,” says Heather, who occasionally gives demonstrations of palette knife work to local art groups. “There’s something very spontaneous and exhilarating about working with a knife and I’m always discovering new techniques and finishes – I’m probably just a frustrated plasterer at heart.”
Heather’s work has sold through solo exhibitions and open exhibitions, including The Ferens in Hull, the Art and Heritage Festival in Staithes, Off The Wall, Beverley, and Street Art Hull. She has just secured exhibition space at the Untitled Art Fair in Chelsea Town Hall, London, from May 29th – 31st 2015. Heather also has work for sale in Creation Fine Art Gallery, Beverley, Look Gallery in Helmsley and The Hungry Artist in York.
“I think there is a significant increase in the number of people buying original art,” says Heather. “It gives them something unique, something very personal to them. There are so many creative and highly skilled artists in Yorkshire that you don’t have to go far to find something very personal and unique.”
Prices range from around £100 to £600 for originals and from £40 for prints. www.heatherburtonyorkshireartist.co.uk