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Heather McKey

HEATHER MCKEY BIOGRAPHY

Heather McKey is a traditional acrylic painter, blending her lifelong love of birds with unexpected and striking features.

These fanciful birds are embellished with a variety of shells and botanicals intermingling with feathers and patterns found in nature. Strange and familiar at the same time, the birds are playful and exotic as they strike a pose in their world of dreamy landscapes and seascapes, peering back at their viewers with large, expressive eyes.

Each of Heather's paintings begin on a raw wood panel, the individual grain pattern inspiring the design composition of the plants, water, sky, and land. Her admiration of Martin Johnson Heade and James Audubon continue to influence her vision through every painting, as well as her deep love of The Hudson River School painters.

Although no formal degree, Heather was professionally trained from an early age through longstanding art mentorships. Her childhood was spent under the instruction of artist Judy Nachazel and her adult study followed under the mentorship of Christopher Polentz. Both have had a profound impact on her imagination, technique, and artistic pursuits.

Every fantasy bird is patiently and thoughtfully planned and painted with sensitive detail. There is something to look at in every square inch of Heather's paintings. After years exhibiting her award-winning colored pencil art, she now works exclusively in acrylic and paints daily in her home studio in North County San Diego where she lives with her husband, Nick. It gives her much joy to create beauty for collectors to enjoy in homes across the world.

Heather is represented by Distinction Gallery in Escondido, California, USA.
 
     
 


Heather McKey

"The Queen Mother"

Print on Wood, 17 x 11 x 0.5 inches, Limited Edition of 5.

$225




 
 


Heather McKey

"Natural Attraction"

Print on Wood, 12 x 12 x 0.5 inches, Limited Edition of 10.

$150




 
 


Heather McKey

"Hope Sparks"

Print on Wood, 12 x 6 x 0.5 inches, Limited Edition of 15.

$100




 
 


Heather McKey

"The Treasures of God's Bright Designs"

2012, Acrylic on Wood, 24 x 48 inches, Framed to 32.25 x 56.25 inches
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Heather McKey

"The Queen Mother"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 18 x 12 inches, Framed to 24 x 18.5 inches
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Heather McKey

"Hoots' Hollow"

2013, Acrylic on Wood, 42 x 10.5 inches, Framed to 47.25 x 15.75 inches
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Heather McKey

"Beach Beauties"

2015, Acrylic on Wood, 12 x 12 inches, Framed to 16 x 16 inches
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Heather McKey

"Coastal Living"

2015, Acrylic on Wood, 12 x 12 inches, Framed to 16 x 16 inches
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Heather McKey

"Hope Sparks"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 20.5 x 11.25 inches, Framed to 24.5 x 15.5 inches
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Heather McKey

"Anyhoots"

2013, Colored Pencil, 12 x 12 inches, Framed to 17 x 17 inches
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Heather McKey

"Environmentally Friendly"

2015, Acrylic on Wood, 7 x 5 inches
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Heather McKey

"Trochilidae viola rosa"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 7 x 5 inches, Framed to 10.5 x 8.5 inches
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Heather McKey

"Chimeric Offspring"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 7 x 5 inches, Framed to 12 x 10 inches
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Heather McKey

"Trochilidae agava viola"

2014, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 7 x 5 inches, Framed to 10.5 x 8.5 inches
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Heather McKey

"Viola tillandsia"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 7 inches, Framed to 8.25 x 10.25 inches
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Heather McKey

"Adventures with Auntie"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 7 inches, Framed to 8.25 x 10.25 inches
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Heather McKey

"Swimming Lessons"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 7 inches, Framed to 9.75 x 11.75 inches
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Heather McKey

"Scolopacidae audubonesque"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 7 inches, Framed to 11 x 13 inches
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Heather McKey

"Littorina ruber"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 5 inches, Framed to 10 x 10 inches
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Heather McKey

"Avia rhopalequus"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 4 x 4 inches, Framed to 9 x 9 inches
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Heather McKey

"Avia morphuncia"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 4 x 4 inches, Framed to 9 x 9 inches
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Heather McKey

"Plumeria peachickadae"

2014, Acrylic on Wood, 4 x 4 inches, Framed to 9 x 9 inches
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Heather McKey

"Plumeria maloudae"

2015, Acrylic on Wood, 4 x 4 inches
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Heather McKey

"A Darling Discovery"

2015, Acrylic on Wood, 4 x 4 inches
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Heather McKey

"Dandy Lion (Taraxacum inflomus-leo)"

Acrylic on Wood, 5 x 7 inches, Framed to 8.25 x 10.25 inches
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Heather McKey

"Avia spilosoma virginica"

2014, Acrylic on Board, 4 x 4 inches, Framed to 6 x 6 inches
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Heather McKey

"Plumeria echinoidae"

2014, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 4 x 4 inches, Framed to 6 x 6 inches
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