McLean is a translator, converting ideas and experiences into a visual language. She observes and illustrates the human condition, building a bridge between the light and the dark, the horror and the beauty.
Her work addresses the intersection between the phenomenal and the numenal world, specifically using the human form as an outward expression of the internal world, effectively putting the insides on the outside. She examines the man vs. himself conflict, illustrating the many forms of personal civil war, and victory.
Her main influences include astrophysics, existentialism, quantum mechanics, biology, psychonautics, physical and mental yoga, and Advaitic Hinduism. Heather lives and works in Calgary, Canada.