About the Artist

Heather Hinam and Boreal OwlI’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.

Art and nature have always been inexorably entwined in my life. From the moment I was old enough to pick up a pencil, I was drawing animals: birds, tigers, horses, going through all sorts of phases. One thing always stayed the same, however, a somewhat obsessive attention to detail.

I’ve never really been a doodler. Drawing, for me, has always been sort of an involved process. Still, for many years I was drawing all the time, starting sketches at home then taking them with me to lectures so I would have something to keep my hands busy. I would spend hours filling in feather patterns or fur, in between taking notes on everything from blood pathways to behavioural patterns. Sometimes I think it was this calming outlet that got me an honours and masters in Zoology and finally a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology with my head still screwed on straight.

Over nearly 13 years of school, I accumulated a fair number of sketches, mostly done with mechanical pencil on ratty computer paper, piling up in drawers and folders, never seeing the light of day.

Well, I decided it was time to do something with them. That is the purpose of this blog, a place to share my exploration of nature through my drawings. The timing isn’t exactly coincidental, either. After the final degree, I took a break from sketching, finding other outlets for my creative side in photography and other media. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve started drawing again, learning the meticulous art of coloured pencil sketching and recently getting really deeply into digital painting.

In 2011, I founded a business called Second Nature, Adventures in Discovery.   A large part of this business has been the creation of interpretive media. I’ve finally found the perfect way to blend my scientific background and artistic leanings in the creation of illustrations and other interpretive media. I share quite a few of those illustrations here.

So, thank you for joining me on this journey through the world as I see it, taking in the details and celebrating all that makes it beautiful.  Not everything will be a finished piece and I welcome all comments and suggestions because there’s always time to learn something new.

Thank you for stopping by,





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