Keeping wonder in the world


Underneath it all, I am seven years old. Deep down, I am that buck-toothed little girl who dreams in pictures, clips snippets of words, puts them in a pretend pocket. I believe.

Awards & Recognition

• Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

• Muskegon Museum of Art Exhibition

• SCBWI 2017 LA Mentorship Award

• SCBWI 2017 NY Portfolio Award, Honorable Mention

• SCBWI 2016 Bologna, Short List for Illustration

• SCBWI 2016 Wild, Wild Midwestern Conference, Second Place

• SCBWI 2014 NV Illustration Mentorship 

• SCBWI 2010 NV Illustration Mentorship 

• SCBWI 2007 MI Illustration Mentorship 

• SCBWI 2007 Don Freeman Grant, Runner Up

• SCBWI 2006 NY Winter Conference, Top 10 Illustration Showcase

• American Library Association Awards, Illustration and Design

• Highlights Writers Workshops

• Numerous Addy Awards: Illustration, Design, and Copywriting


• Hard knocks, School of Life

• BA in English, University of Michigan

• BA in Design, College for Creative Studies

Prior Life

• Breast Cancer Survivor

I walk around with my head in the sky, my eyes on the ground. A sidewalk yields the most interesting swirls, cracks, and bits of rock. I photograph this world within a world. I get some funny looks, but that's normal for an artist. The odd bit or castaway trash is just as rich. I pick shiny words like a magpie. A fertile seed sprouts the idea for a collage, a story.

I love the differences in us all. I love the similarities, too. The world is an antique quilt, texture upon texture, layer upon layer. We criss-cross every which way, our stories and stitches overlapping. The most beautiful collage.

            © 2017-2020 HEIDI WOODWARD SHEFFIELD

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