Heather Ivins is an award-winning, self-taught, multidisciplinary artist based in South Florida. She primarily works in watercolor, ink, and colored pencil, and is most recognized for her photorealistic animal portraits, her loose and dreamy watercolors, and her bold resist paintings. Her love of play and experimentation is evident in her work, which not only varies in medium, but also in style and technique.
Ivins’ work is largely informed by her background in graphic design. Projects she’s worked on range from album art, to custom menu illustrations, to the rebranding of her county’s arts council. She has won a number of art competitions and has shown her work in several group exhibitions throughout the United States.
Ivins currently resides in Stuart, Florida, where she works as a freelance graphic designer and teaches art.

Selected Exhibitions
2024 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, MartinArts, Stuart, FL
2022 Dog Days of Summer (and Other Pets too!), MartinArts, Stuart, FL
2022 Be Squared, MartinArts, Stuart, FL
2021 Stuart Then & Now, RCK Gallery, Stuart, FL
2021 100 Local Artists, RCK Gallery, Stuart, FL
2020 Members Showcase, MartinArts, Virtual Gallery Exhibit
2020 Illustrators Showcase, The Gilt Complex, Stuart, FL
2020 Window Art Competition Winners Showcase, The Gilt Complex, Stuart, FL
2020 Art All Night: Pittsburgh, Online Exhibit
2019 Grand Opening & Art Show, Orion Turtle, Hobe Sound, FL
2019 Court Room Sessions III (Artist’s Alley), Stuart, FL
2019 ArtsFest, MartinArts, Stuart, FL
2018 Four-person show, Ground Floor Farm, Stuart, FL
2018 Art of the Heirloom curated by Hudson Valley Seed Company, The National Heirloom 
Expo, Santa Rosa, CA
2017 Single Fare 4, New York, NY

2024 Honorable Mention, 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, MartinArts, Stuart, FL
2020 Winner, Crescent Artists Tiny Art Challenge
2020 Winner, The Gilt Complex Window Art Competition, The Gilt Complex, Stuart, FL

Professional Experience
1993–Present Graphic Designer & Illustrator, Stuart, FL; Boston, MA; New York, NY
2024–Present Art Teacher, Visionary School of Arts, Stuart, FL
2022–Present Art Teacher, The Well Treasure Coast, Stuart, FL
2015–16 Art Teacher, The Art Room, Brooklyn, NY

Professional Service
2020–22 Founding Board Member, The Creek District of Arts & Entertainment, Stuart, FL
2024 Volunteer, MartinArts, Stuart, FL

Chua, Kailene, "Artist Profiles: Heather Ivins," MartinArts Magazine, Summer/Fall 2024. p. 12
"Creative Scene, 33rd Annual All Florida Juried Art Show," MartinArts Magazine, Summer/Fall 2024. p. 40
McKinley, Liz, "Court Room Sessions Opening Night," Stuart Magazine, November 2019. p. 88
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