Heidi Stine comes from a long line of artists. Her father has dabbled in art, as did his mother. And Heidi's great-grandmother was a professional artist.
Heidi's artistic genes started to show up in middle school, when she began painting pictures of animals and selling them to her classmates.
"I've always been interested in art," she said.
The 16-year-old Hilton Head Island High School junior is now quite an accomplished artist. She is in the International Baccalaureate art program at the high school.
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Heidi won second place in the S.C. Junior Duck Stamp Contest. She placed fourth in the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation Contest. She won silver key for her drawing "Poodle-licious" in the 2012 S.C. Scholastic Art competition. One of her drawings was selected for the 2013 Promising Picassos juried art competition.
Heidi has designed a variety of T-shirts for school productions. And when the high school decided to rename the Visual and Performing Arts Center to "The Seahawk Cultural Center," a committee asked students to create a new logo to accompany the sign that will hang above the center. Heidi's logo was chosen.
Heidi also recently illustrated a book cover for local author Greg Smorol. Smorol said he contacted Heidi's art teacher, Monique Dobbelaere, asking if she had a student who would like to illustrate the cover for his new book, "The Tithonian Biosphere."
Heidi jumped at the opportunity.
"She did a tremendous job," Smorol said. "She's a very talented artist, and I think she's going to be able to pursue that career with the talents she has."
Heidi said she would love to eventually work for Disney.
"I really love movies," she said. "I love the whole conveying a story or messages through entertainment, and just making things look great and sound great. Just everything about movies I like."
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