Heather Laws

Pastel Painter

“I have a passion for painting animals and their human counterparts, capturing their essence is critical to my work.” 

Heather Laws is a Canadian Artist who specializes in and is passionate about the painting of portraits of companion animals and their human counterparts. Her portraits can be found in homes throughout North America and abroad.

Heather actively launched her career as an animal painter on a picturesque horse farm in Tottenham, Ontario. Her first animal companions, ‘Maggie’, a Bay Clydesdale/ Thoroughbred mare and ‘Jesse’, a Labrador/Great Dane, became her ‘muses’.

Her mentor was her father, the late Norman Laws. A talented and successful commercial artist, he nurtured her artistic talents, providing her with unfailing support and constructive artistic guidance. The value of his mentoring is today reflected in the care, precision and authenticity of Heather’s art.

Heather has exhibited her work at numerous shows, while continuing to pursue her artistic endeavours and professional development. Her work has been published in the October 2004 issue of the Pastel Journal. Heather’s work has won regional and national awards including Honourable Mention at the Draft Horse Classic and Western Art Show, Grass Valley, Navada in 2002, and winner of the Cover Artwork Competition for the Pastel Artists Canada 2016 ICAN Convention.

Heather is now an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA). She is also a Signature member; Director and Exhibitions Coordinator of the Pastel Artists Canada (PAC). In addition, Heather is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA).

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