Heidi Broad

2017 QEST Ana Scholar - Fine Art
Neath Port Talbot

A QEST Scholarship enabled Heidi to study realism at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She built on her experience of photo-realism, gained at Bauhaus University, by studying classical realism, working with life models on figurative studies and portraiture under a natural north light. She was awarded the prize for Best Figure Drawing of the Year in 2018.

Heidi gained an MA in Scenic Art at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2020. She has experience paintings backdrops for production companies such as Welsh National Opera and Cardiff Theatrical Services.

Heidi currently works from studio space in Elysium Gallery in Cardiff. Alongside her figurative work she is establishing herself in the film and TV industry working as an artist for clients including Disney, Netflix and Warner Brothers.

Paintings and drawings should be produced at the same time of day, in order to replicate the lighting conditions the model is placed in daily. The lighting within the composition is then designed by the artist and compressed to intensify the impression of the figure in space.