Heather Shimmen was born in Melbourne and her career as an artists spans 36 years. She is both a painter and printmaker.She has held 19 Solo Exhibitions and been in over 300 group shows some travelling throughout Australia and Internationally, notably ' From Kandinsky to Cornielle, Linoleum in the 21st Century' Cobra Museum, Amsterdam.
She recieved a BA in Painting at RMIT in 1978 and has been awarded 2 Visual Arts Award Grants,The Silk Cut Grand Prize, Highly Commended Burnie Print Prize , purchased from Geelong Print Prize, Warnambool Print Prize, Banyule Print Prize Forbo Collection, Netherlands and number of others.
She is in many public and private collections .including NGA, Art Gallery of SA, Australian War Memorial, Deakin University and Queensland Art Gallery. Heather has worked teaching in a number of instiutions including as a lecturer at RMIT University, The Australian Catholic University, Monash University, Deakin University, NMIT,RMIT Tafe and has run many workshops in printmaking.