Heather Laws Portrait Artist


The love one has for their animals is pure and unfettered. My portraits become an expression of that love – capturing their essence is critical to my art.


Heather Laws specializes in and is passionate about the painting of portraits of companion animals and their human counterparts.. She works primarily in the medium of pastel, but also accepts commissions in oil. Her portraits can be found in homes throughout North America and abroad.

Heather’s mentor was her father, the late Norman Laws. A talented and successful commercial artist, he nurtured her artistic talents, providing her with unfailing support and constructive artistic guidance. The value of his mentoring is today reflected in the care, precision and authenticity of Heather’s art.

Heather has exhibited her work at numerous shows, while constantly continuing to pursue her artistic endeavours and professional development. Her work has been published in the October 2004 issue of the Pastel Journal. Heather’s work has won regional and national awards including Honorable Mention in the Draft Horse Classic and Western Art Show, Grass Valley, Navada in 2002, and winner of the Cover Artwork Competition for the Pastel Artists Canada 2016 ICAN Convention. Heather is now an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA). She is also a Signature member; Director and Exibitions Coordinator of the Pastel Artists of Canada (PAC). In addition, Heather is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA).


Heather continues to develop her work, taking workshops and viewing demonstrations conducted by nationally and internationally recognized artists, including:

  • Marla Baggetta, Loosen Up Intensive
  • Joan Larson, The Equine
  • Christine Camilleri, Composition Can Be Fun
  • Gail Sibley, Limited Palette, Values, Towards Abstraction
  • Jessica Masters, Bringing Out Your Focal Point
  • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Colour Theory, Continuing Studies Program
  • John Viljoen, Oil Portraiture
  • Kristy Gordon, Mentoring Program, Oil Portraiture On-Line Course


  • 2019: Lake Scugog 20th Anniversary Studio Tour, Guest Artist, Otter Greenhouses, Port Perry, ON
  • 2019: Ontario Society of Artists New Member’s Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto, ON
  • 2018: Scugog Council for the Arts Open Juried Art Show, Port Perry, ON
  • 2018: Purely Pastel, 27th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Pastel Artists Canada, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
  • 2017: 5th Annual Members Online Juried Exhibition, Pastel Artists Canada
  • 2016: Purely Pastel, 25th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Pastel Artists Canada, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
  • 2013: Sensations, Avenue Road Art School, Advanced Student Exhibition, Spazio dell”Arte Gallery,Toronto, ON
  • 2012: Purely Pastel, 21st Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Pastel Artists Canada, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, ON


  • Featured in “The Pastel Journal” Magazine, October, 2004, ‘Painting Pets with Personality’, by Deborah Christensen Secor


  • Pastel Artists Canada, Signature Member (PAC)
  • Society of Animal Artists, Juried Member
  • Scugog Council for the Arts, Member
  • Ontario Society of Artists, Juried Member


Heather has donated custom commissioned portraits to many organizations to further their fundraising causes, including Camp Oochigeas, the Equine Research Foundation and CARD- Community Association for Riders with Disabilities.

Heather's biography and CV are available as a PDF.