About the Artist

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Heather "the Painter"

Heather Michelle Chinn International Award Winning Artist, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr., Elite Corel Painter Master, Certified Corel Painter Educator, Golden Artist Educator

Heather Michelle Chinn was born with a paintbrush. From early on she would paint anything with any medium within reach from food to nail polish. Her earlier masterpieces were found on ceilings and cafes in professional murals in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For several years, Heather painted whimsical watercolors for the international stationary company Mon Petite Chou.

Heather “the painter” is an experienced presenter in live and recorded demonstrations. She has been teaching Corel Painter and mixed media at multi-day workshops, live seminars and webinars, and PPA affiliate schools all across the country for the last nine years. Known for what is consistently called her “calming” manner of speaking, being graceful under pressure, concise and thorough, with easy-to-follow Corel Painter tutorials Heather is a natural educator across multiple platforms.  Her education style is methodical, and concise. Taking the Gestalt approach, she teaches what not to do to equally balance how to also correctly tackle a workflow, which has successfully and consistently turned out highly productive artists.

Her time is devoted and divided between being a Mom to her daughter, mentoring artists, and producing educational materials. It is said that Heather’s “soul” is often very clearly seen in her work. Her elegant brushwork and transcendent color harmonies capture the ethereal essence of the subject and evokes an emotional dialogue between viewer and painting. Her belief that anyone can easily use Corel Painter to create their own keepsakes led her to a speaking platform at the beautiful Phoenix Symphony Hall for the Professional Photographers of America’s International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2014. Heather made her television debut on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act” in April of 2014.


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A Lifelong Pursuit of the Arts

Accolades (International Print Competition)

Grand Imaging Award/Animals (2nd place)

Diamond Medalist 2015, 2014

Platinum Medalist  2014, 2013, 2011


Painter Showcase by Cecil Williams, Cover and co-creative director, vol. 1, January 2013

Painter, the World's Finest Painter Art, Ballistic Publishing

Previous Programs

Presenter, 2019, PPA

Presenter, 2017, Kelby One

Presenter, “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television, 2014

Professional Photographers of America Imaging USA 8 hour pre-con instructor, San Antonio, Texas

Professional Photographers of America Imaging USA speaker, Phoenix, Arizona

IUSA Expo floor speaker for Corel booth, Phoenix

Professional Photographers of North Carolina CAPS (Carolina Art & Photographic School) School instructor

Webinar presenter for Wacom, Corel Painter, Digital Art Academy, Digital Art Summit, and Corel Paint Jam for 7+ years

Corel Advisory Council member (Painter)

Professional Photographers of South Carolina Super Sunday instructor

Private mentoring and workshops

Photographic reference by Linda Packard


Train with a Seasoned Artist and Educator

Hybrid Artistry

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Clarity in Education and Excellence in Execution

October News

Heather's been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine's October issue! Thank you to Linda Packard for the portrait reference in this painting inspired by Jonh Singer Sargent's "Lady Agnew."

Subscribers can view the article HERE.