A bit about me ...
I grew up in the 1970s in an around Cambridge surrounded by colour and glamour thanks to my parents; my father loves art and my mother was a wizard with a sewing machine. I loved to look at the paintings on the walls and for treats I occasionally was taken to watch the ballet at Covent Garden or an art exhibition. There was never really anything else I wanted to do other than be an artist and I remember at the age of fourteen copying a Monet in my bedroom with oil paint! I think it was pretty good.. sadly nothing of my early work exists, which is probably why I hoard my own children's work! I went to art college in Kingston upon Thames studying Graphics and Illustration after a year on a foundation course in Cambridge. All that said I am a self taught painter as my work developed and changed a great deal as I started to work as a freelance illustrator.
In the 1990s I also worked as the product manager for Card Connection - and before that I had three years working as an in house artist with the greeting card and wrapping paper company International Greetings. Both experiences mean that I have experience of the publishing world at both ends. I have commissioned work from other artists and have also placed print. Now I illustrate for private clients and run my own micro business Ink Paint Paper, designing paper goods and hand painted wooden pieces. You can visit that shop here at www.inkpaintpaper.co.uk.
I live in the county of big skies - North Norfolk in the U.K. with my photographer husband Tony Buckingham and our two teenage children.
Illustration and Design Service
I adore colour and the accidental marks that give a painting or inked drawing life.
If you are looking for a versatile illustrator who creates decorative, expressive work then I can definitely help. As you will see from my illustration portfolio I love to create cute characters and black and white ink line work, just as much as painterly work.
I can also use my lettering and hand writing skills to create vector (scaleable) writing or illustrations for use in your branding and packaging. I have worked with a handful of clients to create their logos, illustrations and strap lines in my hand writing and ink style.
As soon as it's ready I will share a page about this service I offer small businesses.
I have been painting for nearly 3 decades, though it's something I have always done in some form or other! When I paint from life i really enjoy looking at how light affects the colour of things. Painting from imagination appeals to me greatly too but in an ideal world I will discover a way to combine both.. that's a work in progress.
Much of the work I've done has been turned into greeting cards and other works are in private collections throughout the UK and Europe. I have had just one solo exhibition at the Garden House Gallery in Cromer; but also take part in the North Norfolk Open Studios where I sell original paintings, prints and paper goods from my own brand Ink Paint Paper. The next one coming up is for 3 consecutive weekends beginning on May 26th 2018. Paintings will also be available for sale here from the end of June - beginning of July.
My illustration clients include:
Ladybird books, Lion Hudson Ltd, Oxford University Press, Armadillo Books, Red Robin Press, Ling Design, Hallmark, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Avocado, Lloyds Bank, GE Magazines. IPC Magazines, GE Magazines, DC Thomson, Paperlink, PaperHouse, Camden Graphics, Gibson Greetings, Phoenix Trading, Hoomark, Card Connection Ltd and Abacus Cards.