I am an illustrator, based in deepest Manchester. My latest major project has been illustrating a children’s picture book published by Circaidy Gregory Press, called ‘The Loveliest of all was the Froggicorn,’ by Kay Green. I have also produced cover art and interior illustrations for five additional children’s books and one collection of short stories for Earlyworks Press. Other clients I have illustrated for include Ettrick Forest Press, Scripture Union, Manchester Cathedral and many private individuals.
I love stories – in fact I have written a published novel and have a BA in English language and literature. I love fairy tales, myths and legends and regularly attend the wonderful Word of Mouth storytelling club in central Manchester. Stories are a huge inspiration for my artwork – even if I’m not aiming to produce a book illustration. I’m also inspired by nature – especially forests – and the stylised but organic forms found in gothic architecture, Art Nouveau and celtic design. Usually I like to produce illustrations using a combination of prismacolor aquamarkers, coloured pencils and paint. I tend to work on top of the other media with the pencils, to add depth and detail. Some of my illustrations are available on garments, phone cases, bags, stationery and many more items in my Redbubble shop. I also offer some originals for sale on Artfinder.
As well as illustrating stories and the like, I also create designs for others to colour. I sell my colouring cards on Etsy and have had one of my designs published in Ellen Million Graphics’ fairytale-themed colouring book, ‘Apples and Roses’ and another in the dragon-themed ‘Splendid and Scaled’. In my Etsy shop I also sell original art, prints and pyrography.