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


Railway Siding, Goodrington, Paignton, 1956
G.K.B Iron and Steelworks, Cardiff 1956
Paignton Harbour 1955
Fishing Boat, Paignton Harbour 1955

Paignton Harbour 1955

Torquay and Paignton Gasworks 1956

works on paper

Souwesters, Paignton Harbour 1956
Inner Harbour, Paignton 1956
Inner Harbour, Paignton 1956
Still Life on Table 1948
Paignton High Street 1948
Cockerel 1948
Cockerel 1948


Fishermen 1951 linocut
Market 1948 lithograph
Market 1948 linocut
Boats 1949 linocut on woodblock
Cockles Stall Torquay 1948 linocut
We Three Kings Christmas Card 1951 linocut
Zoo 1949 linocut


Bust 1951 Cherry on Pitch Pine base
Figure 1950 Pine on Pitch Pine base
Mother and Child 1948 Pine on Pitch Pine base
Bird 1950 Pine on Pitch Pine base