About Heidi

   A life-long artist, I have enjoyed pursuing my passion for drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. In high school, I discovered watercolor, oils and scratchboard and won many student art awards which encouraged me to pursue a career in art. I attended the Colorado Institute of Art located in Denver, Colorado and studied Advertising Design, graduating in 1979. 
   For the next ten years, I worked full-time as a graphic artist in the San Francisco bay area before moving to the Pacific Northwest and "retiring" from the graphic arts field. Returning to my love of drawing and painting, I worked out of my home as a freelance portrait artist and illustrator while raising my two children. More recently, I earned my diploma (dipSBA) from the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in their Distance Learning Program. 
   Graphite pencil is one of my favorite mediums, and in 1992 I discovered the versatility of colored pencil which I enjoy equally as well. I have been portraying animals in pencil for over twenty years. With my life-long love of animals and drawing, creating pet portraits is a natural and rewarding pursuit! 
   To see more of my art, please go to my blog at
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Heidi Rose
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