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 been living in Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany where she continues to create and show her work, which is increasingly exploring interior worlds through a visual language of gesture and line.