Heather Kerley studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design before earning degrees in literature and gender studies. She has exhibited her work in New York City and the Washington D.C. area and was a 2011 visiting artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 2012, she has lived in Germany, where she continues to show her work. 

Since 2015, her immersive work has focused on mixed media abstract collages and paintings created through a process of destruction and remixing of marks, gestures, lines, colors, and values. The inspiration for her marks come from nature and her own interior landscape. Titles and embellishments often reflect passing thoughts and concerns related to the outside world as experienced through technology, as well as literary influences.