Born in Dorset, Heatherbell graduated in Fine Art and Education from Exeter University in 1978 after which she set off overland to India and South East Asia to explore countries and cultures before landing a job in Italy. She was Head of Art in the early 1980’s at Commonweal School, Wiltshire and moved to Devon in 1984. From here she discovered the Isles of Scilly which have defined her inspiration to paint coastal landscapes and rural regions of outstanding natural beauty.
Whilst bringing up her family and running a Boarding House for Girls at Blundell’s School, Heatherbell became stage set designer and painter for the School Musicals and Plays; it was painting the tropical backdrop for South Pacific that her Eureka moment suddenly came to her: the realisation that painting landscapes to go on walls instead of painting over previous sets was something she had to do. Since 2010 she has painted full time organising her own Solo Shows at Museums, Exeter University and National Trust venues. She exhibits with Devon Artist Network, Tiverton Art Society and North Devon Arts and is a founding member of the Exe Valley Artists.
In 2012 Heatherbell was selected for the prestigious South West Academy Open Exhibition at Glos Gallery Exeter. She also took part in the Sketchbook Project and her work for this is now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.
This year Heatherbell is taking part in the Twitter Art Exhibit in Orlando Florida and a group exhibition Recollection at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton. Her next Solo Show is at the National Trust property of A la Ronde, Exmouth where you can see her painted landscapes and seascapes: Special Places of the West Country April24-May7 2014.