After graduating in fine art at Bristol University, Heidi Wickham moved to Sligo and initially got involved in aspects of theatre there: writing, set and costume design. She turned to charcoal drawing in 2004, and found a love for the medium as well as for her subjects – animals domestic and wild. Her animal art has since been shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Academy (UK), and the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA). Her awards include the RUA Drawing Prize, the RUA Friel Perpetual Trophy and the Hamilton Gallery Award. She now works in a range of media from a studio she has built at home.