Heather Ford was awarded a BA (Honours) degree in Graphic Design at the London College of Printing in 1977. She worked in the commercial field, as a graphic designer, in London for 15 years. She attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, in 1994 and she taught art and design in England for 15 years. Heather moved to Muscat, Oman in 2010 where she taught painting, drawing, sculpture and collage for eight years. She became an active member of the Omani art scene where she was continually inspired by its rich culture. She exhibited in a variety of major art exhibitions in Muscat. She retired from teaching in August 2018 and returned to the UK. Originally from Somerset, Heather now lives in Stoke-Sub-Hamdon where she is a full time practising artist, specializing in portraiture. She is an active member of the arts community running art workshops at the Ilminster Arts Centre.