Heather Keenan

About Heather



My work is in an impressionistic, automatic style using oil pigment sticks, (oil paint, linseed oil and waxes in stick form) which enable me to draw and paint. I use my hands, rags and scrapers to erase and build layers.

I received a Diploma in Art and Design at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. My artwork is in collections throughout the United States and Canada, and is on the covers of over 20 books and publications. I’ve received a BC Arts Council award, won Best in Show at Sooke Fine Arts and the Winsor & Newton North American Artist’s Competition. My work is in the collections of the University of Victoria, Manitou Foundation, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital as well as The Canada Council and British Columbia Art Banks.





Upcoming and Current Shows

  Currently showing at:
Fairfield Studio Art Tour May 4 & 5, 2024
Art Gallery of Great Victoria, Art Rental
Cafe Brio – 944 Fort Street, Victoria, BC


Portfolio of work

I use oil pigment sticks as a painting and a drawing medium, working on rag paper, canvas or wood cradle, in many different sizes, from 3 x 5 inches to 5 x 8 feet. The oilsticks contain pure vegetable waxes, linseed oil and pure pigments. I work automatically, laying down the paint in layers, using rags and scrapers to rub areas out as well as using watercolour pencils for the lines. Many images appear as I’m working on a piece, but usually one image sticks midway in the process and this is what I work on for the finished image.