Welcome to Facial Depiction

I am a qualified Forensic Artist specialising in facial identification and depiction and currently involved in research in the field of investigative interviewing and facial composites. My interest lies in the fact that facial distinction can provide a lead for police investigations. The diversity of the human face inspires me, making each occasion that a piece of art is created both unique and fascinating.

I enjoy collaborating with a wide range of professionals in projects involving for example archaeology and anatomy. In one of the most interesting projects I produced illustrations of the first facial transplant surgery carried out in Finland and worked closely with a plastic surgeon and another artist/anatomist on this. Another project I initiated soon after I qualified as a forensic artist was creating a facial reconstruction on an Iron Age skull from the west of Finland. I was happy to get the support of anthropologists and archaeologists on this who I got to know through this project.

I also take commissions, for example portraits, old photo restoration and sculpting and have produced artwork for several media projects, for example to CBBC, ITV and FirstLookTV.

About me

Heidi Kuivaniemi-Smith
I was born in Finland and have lived in the UK since 2003. I gained my first degree in nursing (2002, Finland) and have worked in several different fields of nursing both in Finland an in the UK since then. After getting more and more interested in depicting faces and attending art courses, I developed an interest in forensic art. I was accepted on an MSc Forensic Art course in the University of Dundee, Scotland, and qualified in 2010. I have continued to research witness interviewing and facial composites since then and am currently working on part-time post graduate research studies in that subject (University of Central Lancashire).