Heather N. Gross
- Contemporary Canadian botanical artist and watercolour instructor
- Works mainly in watercolour on paper with some graphite
- Teacher, OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)
- Member of ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists)
Botanical art inspires me to take time to truly see beauty in our world. By thoroughly researching and using live specimens, I ensure intimate knowledge of my chosen plant subjects. Using creative artistic subtleties, my compositions depict accurate plant physiology while engaging my viewer. By bringing a plant painting to ‘life’ through form, colour and texture, I share the beauty of our world with others.
Heather Gross, a teacher and retired school principal, took her first botanical watercolour workshop with artist/instructor Margaret Best at Dundas Valley School of Art in 2017. This happenstance workshop selection turned out to be a milestone in Heather’s interest and commitment to art.
Her first acceptance in a juried botanical art exhibition was a painting in Art of the Plant in 2018 at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa – the Canadian component of the ASBA Worldwide Native Plant Initiative. Heather’s success in this genre was repeated in the selection of her work in the ASBA 22nd, 23rd and 24th Annual International Exhibitions.
Heather continues to hone her skills with ongoing study and mentorship under Margaret. When not painting, Heather can be found tending her gardens. These and the ever-changing Carolinian woodlot surrounding her home in Ontario, Canada, provide perpetual inspiration for Heather’s botanical art.