Art Exhibit by Astrid Sheckels: Watercolor Whimsy

Art Exhibit by Astrid Sheckels: Watercolor Whimsy Artist Astrid Sheckels is an award winning children’s book author, illustrator, and watercolorist from Greenfield, MA.  Her books include the Hector Fox series, Sea Dog, and Sea Dog Boats: an Alphabet Book.

Watercolor Whimsy is a collection of original paintings inspired by familiar New England landscapes and cozy European villages. These pieces were, in the artist’s own words “created as the fancy took me and without a distinct narrative attached.  However, each one does have a unique story to tell…” If you look closely enough, each piece reveals the possibility of a narrative within itself, featuring smartly dressed animals in scenes reminiscent of classic paintings and theater productions.


Astrid has been producing quite excellent wall and desk calendars, and we are showing the original watercolors reproduced in those calendars! Very exciting! It's one thing to experience prints of her work, it's entirely another thing to be face to face with the originals. This show is going to be great for both youngsters and those young at heart, and anyone who appreciates Astrid's mastery of the watercolor medium.

Astrid is a member of The Western Mass Illustrators Guild and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has won a number of art awards, including the prestigious Lupine Honor Award (2009), the Moonbeam Award for best picture book for all ages (2010, 2013, 2022), the Moonbeam Award for best illustrator (2022), and the Northern Lights Book Award for best author/illustrator (2021). Astrid lives and maintains her studio in the rolling hills of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and has spent much time in her mother's homeland of Denmark and her Scandinavian roots are evident in her fine art and illustrations. She describes her style as “a mix of classic realism and whimsy.”

Artist Contact: Astrid Sheckels     



Photo credits for attached photo Astrid Sheckels