|Her first job was designing toffee wrappers for Cadbury's at Bournville which she admitted was rather routine and boring. Along with other artists working in a large art department Heather would submit her designs. On her return to Yorkshire she opened the Demi Luce Studio which was the lodge adjoining the almshouses in Aberford. Downstairs consisted of two very small front rooms one containing an old range. There was a little pantry and a tiny kitchen with cold water only. At the back there was a small toilet but no bathroom. Upstairs there were two little attic rooms. There was also a bell which would ring when the gates were required to be opened. Surprisingly quite large families had been previously brought up in the lodge. Before Heather took over the tenancy an elderly single lady lived there on her own. She married and initially the couple lived there before moving to a cottage in Aberford. Prior to Heather taking it over at a peppercorn rent (courtesy of Sir Alvary Gascoigne and the Almshouses Trust) it had been empty for some considerable time and was not in a very good state of repair. Eventually a property developer purchased the Almshouses but refused to separate the lodge so Heather had to leave.
Heather then worked freelance designing Inn Signs for Samuel Smith's brewery in Tadcaster. (See illustration across) This was a huge task as it involved not only the design and painting but making an exact replica to go on the reverse of the sign and in some cases the pub would want two such signs, one for the front and one for the back or side of the premises. They all had to match and according to Heather it was a very difficult job to cost. She combined her sign design with the running of her studio in Aberford.
Heather loves to portray colour, animals, wildlife and natural history in her paintings which are usually produced in watercolour and mixed media. She has exhibited at Mall Galleries (London), the Ferens Art Gallery (Hull) and Woburn Abbey. A regular exhibitor to the Holmfirth Art Week and the Wetterburg Art Loan Scheme. However, art comes second in Heather's life as along with her partner, Eddy, her love of all creatures is predominant in her life.
In August and September 2012 Heather exhibited both her own and her mother's work at an exhibition at Lotherton Hall. From her mother's collection were miniatures and paintings of the old mill at Aberford. However also on display at Lotherton was a still life from her mother's collection which in the 1930s had been exhibited by special invitation to local artists for an exhibition organised by the Prince of Wales. Heather showed some of her beautiful colourful collages which portray local scenes as well as birds and animals. It was well attended and enjoyed by all who visited.