Heather has taught IB Diploma Visual Arts for many years to teachers and students. Her passion is inspiring people to connect with the creativity within them, and to help them to find the language and the materials to express it. She has been painting and teaching in Italy for over 20 years and has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships for her painting, which takes inspiration from the landscape and from early Italian painting with a particular interest in the use of natural pigments.
She was Head of Art at the International School of Florence and has a wide range of professional experience, including examining and writing. Her course book Visual Arts for the IB Diploma, is published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Heather leads workshops for new and experienced IB Visual Arts teachers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and visits schools around the world for in- school workshops with both teachers and students. She holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins and degrees from Smith College, USA and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy.
Although originally from the USA, and recently London, Heather lives near Pisa, Italy with her husband Ian, who makes music and olive oil, among other things. Her daughter Aida, currently living in the USA, was an International School student and a graduate of the IB diploma programme. Heather and Ian run an artist's studio center in Italy ( La Vigna Art Studios.com) offering workshops, courses and residencies for artists and students, including the Oxford Study Courses IB Art summer course.