Heather Abels

Senior Matte Painter

Mentor of Matte Painting

Heather Abels

A senior matte painter with over a decade of feature film experience, Heather has worked at several top studios such as Disney Animation, Matte World Digital, and Rhythm & Hues.

You may recognize some of her feature film work from Frozen II, Game of Thrones, Big Hero 6, Life of Pi, Avatar and Golden Compass.

She’s held titles as a Set Extension Artist, Senior Matte Painter, Matte Painting Lead, and Matte Painting Supervisor. 

With a passion for training and educating the next generation of artists, she has taught at universities, developed training material for top studios, and created online courses. She now works remotely with clients all over the world as a Matte Painter, Concept Artist and Illustrator.


Interested in learning more? Check out our Introduction to Matte Painting course.

Heather Abels's Demo Reel