There is something intangible that I respond to in birds and animals of the Australian bush. There are many things that drive me to make images of them. It is a duality, their fragility versus the endurance they seem to possess. Despite their ability to survive over millennia, birds are now facing the fight for existence, with the loss of their homes, new and successful predators, humans and their detritus.
Heather Shimmen was born in Melbourne and her career as an artist spans forty years. She is both a painter and printmaker. She has held twenty Solo Exhibitions and been in over 300 group shows, some travelling throughout Australia and Internationally, notably 'From Kandinsky to Corneille, Linoleum in the Twenty-First Century' Cobra Museum, Amsterdam. She received a BA in Painting at RMIT in 1978 and has been awarded 2 Visual Arts Award Grants, The Silk Cut Grand Prize, Highly Commended Burnie Print Prize , purchased from Geelong Print Prize, Warnambool Print Prize, Banyule Print Prize Forbo Collection, Netherlands and number of others. She is in many public and private collections including NGA, Art Gallery of SA, Australian War Memorial, Deakin University and Queensland Art Gallery. Heather has worked at TAFE, RMIT, Monash and ACU Universities and has been a judge for a number of prizes and been on the purchasing advisory board for Deakin University. She is now living in South Gippsland. Heather is represented by Australian Galleries Melbourne where she has had multiple one person exhibitions.