top of page

Meet 'Codiah'
Carole Diane Heslin


Codiah Logo (9).png

Hi, and a warm welcome to my site! I'm Carole Diane Heslin, and I've had a creative bent since my youth. That's also when I donned myself "Codiah" as a way to pronounce my first and middle names more easily. 


A native Chicagoan, my earliest memories include drawing fanciful gowns for Cinderella. I enjoyed some early encouragement by having one of my school drawings displayed at the Art Institute. 

As a teen, I began drawing portraits. I also became a White Sox fan and discovered ballplayers would sign my drawings. Several, such as Joe DiMaggio, asked me to do a drawing for them. Naturally, I was delighted later in my career to be invited to display paintings in Mickey Mantle’s New York restaurant for many years. 

I've done a number of commissioned portraits and have amassed a large collection of autographed works that includes not just many Hall of Fame baseball players, but celebrities and former US presidents.

The portraits that have meant the most are the ones I did of the 25 servicemen from a Monroe County, Indiana, who gave their lives in Vietnam.


I've been fortunate to study with some fine artists throughout my life and to receive appreciated acknowledgements. I was the Patron’s Choice recipient at PETA’s 20th anniversary celebration gala and a Manhattan Arts International Merit award winner.

Five years ago I moved from the Midwest to never dull Washington DC, where I cherished my Georgetown neighborhood. In 2023, I moved to Jersey City NJ, with the most resplendent view of Manhattan right out my studio window. That's when Heartworks was born. 

About 'Heartworks'

The subjects I choose to paint as part of Heartworks all have one thing in common: the time spent with each subject brings me deep delight and peace. They warm my heart. I invite to visit each part of the collection.

The Dairy Alas No Cows
bottom of page