Heather is a Manitoba-based naturalist, artist, photographer, and educator dedicated to helping people reconnect with nature. She visited IISD-ELA from June 9 to 14, 2019, as an Artist-in-Residence.

Heather’s love of nature not only shaped her art and photography but also inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. in ecology. She helps people reconnect with the world around them using her art, scientific training, and years of experience as an interpreter to create engaging media with her company, Second Nature.


“Art and nature have always been inexorably entwined in my life.”

Heather Hinam


Check out the photos Heather captured during her time at IISD-ELA below. To see more of her work, visit www.heatherhinam.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Lake Photography

We’ve always thought our lakes were beautiful, but Artist-in-Residence Heather Hinam really captured their best angles.

Nature Photography

Heather Hinam’s photographs of IISD-ELA’s natural surroundings show off the beauty and diversity of the boreal shield.

Science Photography

It’s no surprise that IISD-ELA’s pristine lakes and idyllic natural surroundings make for great artistic inspiration. But as a former field biologist, Artist-in-Residence Heather Hinam couldn’t resist photographing our scientists in action as they studied the effects of climate change on fish, took zooplankton samples, and monitored stream flows from the lakes.

Illustrations & Paintings

In addition to her photography, Artist-in-Residence Heather Hinam created some gorgeous paintings and drawings inspired by the flora and fauna found at IISD-ELA.