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Other than love, I think creativity is the most sublime natural state. When I allow myself to surrender to it, what follows is a blizzard of unbidden ideas tumbling down. I don’t understand how this happens. What I do know is that it involves the same ‘falling’ as love does and requires the same openness and trust. It is seldom easy, often frustrating, requires stamina, and is risky, but, oh my, the rewards.




The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
tel: 206.842.4451

October 11, 2014 | February 1, 2014

artist | illustrator

Woodleigh Hubbard was born in Sharon, Connecticut, to an artist/space-philosopher father and a visionary mother. One of five children, she grew up surrounded
by wild natural beauty in a town who’s claim to fame

was a rumored Abominable
Snowman sighting. Needing more stimulation than this, Hubbard’s career as an artist began.

Every one of her creative instructors, except for Tim Girvin, (The Evergreen State College) echoed the same refrain, “You have no talent. Give up.” This was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Twenty published author-illustrated children’s books later, with one novel for adults in the works and another two children’s book in the hopper, Woodleigh lives on Bainbridge Island with her Siberian Russian husband.

PHOTO CREDIT: Joel Sackett

To see description of books and view purchase information, click on the book, visit or visit the desktop version of the website.


WORK  |  children's stories

WORK  | original artwork

Woodleigh's original artwork such as the samples below and more is available for purchase. If interested, please contact Woodleigh directly.


WORK  |  upcoming novel

PHOTO CREDIT: Joel Sackett

I’ve been working on my first novel going on 61,360 hours and counting. I thought after being in children’s books for roughly 157,785 hours, that a change might be a ‘nice’ idea. Piffle! A ‘nice’ idea is a mint chocolate chip ice cream with extra, extra fudge sauce.

My darling husband told me that I used to be fun... before I started writing. On another occasion he wondered aloud, “Woodleigh, do you think I’ll still have teeth in my head by the time you’ve finished ‘that thing?’”

 ‘That thing!’

 It doesn’t take an astrologer to tell me that Uranus might be going retrograde in my house of marriage in the near future unless I hop to and get er' done.  Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted.





The cover art for Publishers Weekly, ‘Fall Children’s Books,’1997.

American Institute of Graphic Arts for Excellence.

Parent’s Choice, Fight ‘N’ Face Fear Book Selection.

Notable Children’s Book citation, American Library Association.

Society of Children’s ‘s Illustrators Show NYC, 1990.

The Bookbuilder’s West Award.

Parent’s Choice Illustration Honor.

2 Annual Society of Illustration Shows.

Critic Choice.

School Library Journal starred Review

Publisher’s Weekly starred review

The International Center of Children’s Literature for the Best Graphic Design of a Book with a Foreign Origination.

Pick of the Lists selection, American Booksellers Association

A Featured Reading Rainbow Book.

Featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Saturday September 15, 2001, the weekend after 9/11. Daniel Pinkwater chose this book, Park Beat by Jonathan London, to help children focus on simple everyday things

a handful of reviews

School Library Journal, starred review: “a one-of-a-kind book… Hubbard’s vivid illustrations sparkle like Matisse… just the right accompaniment to the jazzy text.”

Picture Book: “shows a modernist spirit that relates to the surreal landscapes of Miro.”

Newsweek: “Wacky.”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Museum Store: “see magic come alive.”

New York Times: The simply told story, and the impressionistic earth-tone illustrations by Woodleigh Hubbard, are well suited to preschool listeners.

Publishers Weekly, starred review: “ Hubbard … creates vibrant spreads that ideally compliment the narrative ; their unsullied bright colors, smooth edges and serpentine forms are reminiscent of such jazz-inspired abstract canvases as Stuart Davis’s The Mellow Pad.”

Kirkus, starred review:  “what is singular about Hubbard’s style is the idiosyncratic shapes…will surely enrapture readers…”

Norman Cousins: “ a joyous explosion in the mind. It surges with creative imagination and it is a privilege just to hold it in my hand.”

Boston Globe: “dazzling, imaginative . . .”


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