Heidi Cockwill attended Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design in England, her home country. She studied Natural History Illustration and specialized in detailed drawings of plants and animals, as well as calligraphy, photography, and design.
After graduating, Heidi worked as a ceramic artist for a company that produced tiny jewelry boxes. Launching her artistic career, she painted miniature depictions of wildlife and decorative scenes onto the boxes by hand. For the next ten years, she engraved glass for Dartington Crystal, Britain’s leading manufacturer of clear crystal. Heidi moved to the United States in 1996 and later established her own business.