Heather Wilkins

Heather Wilkins was born in 1928 in Paignton, Devon. She studied at Newton Abbot Art School and then Cardiff School of Art where she completed her ATD in 1952. Heather returned to Paignton and between 1952 and 1959 produced many of her best paintings. She used the subject matter around her, in particular Paignton Harbour and the local industrial landscape. She also became a visiting lecturer at Newton Abbot Art School teaching weaving and bookbinding. In 1951 she became engaged to Thomas Nathaniel Davies and they became a major part of a fairly short-lived bohemian arts scene in the town that was principally centered around the colourful arts balls and parties at The Belfry Club opposite the Arts School. Heather carried on painting during this period and had two paintings accepted for the highly prestigious ‘Industrial Britain’ exhibition at the Chenil Gallery in 1956. She also exhibited at The Royal West of England Academy. In 1958 Heather and Nathaniel married and they moved to ‘Belmont’ in Newton Abbot
Paignton Harbour 1955 Oil on Board 18"x14"
G.K.B Iron and Steelworks, Cardiff 1956 Oil on Board 26"x21"
Souwesters, Paignton Harbour 1956 Gouache on Paper
Still Life on Table 1948 Pencil and Watercolour on Paper
Paignton High Street 1948 Watercolour on Paper
Cockerel 1948 Crayon and Wash on Paper
Boats 1949 linocut on woodblock 11"x6"
Cockles Stall Torquay 1948 linocut 14"x9"
We Three Kings Christmas Card 1951 linocut 9"x6"