January 2, 2018

2018 is the year to make things happen! If last year was all about assessing my work/life balance and which direction I wanted to go, then this year is all about working towards my goals. This year i'm keen to keep following my own path.

I'm going to do things at my own pace being mindful of the work/life balance I focussed on last year. I don't want to overwhelm myself or make myself ill or stressed! Having said that,  taking a step back last year has meant that I can come back with cl...

January 11, 2017

So, here we are, in 2017 - and I've kicked it off with a lot of projects on my plate! It's quite hard to believe that I have been a freelance illustrator since the Autumn of 2014. In that time I've learnt so much, but still have so much I wish to achieve. But, a life without dreams would be a dull one indeed, so despite being ever impatient and trying to do everything all at once, it's important this year to start to enjoy the journey I'm on.

2016 was a year where a lot of wo...

May 20, 2016

This piece of artwork is in loving memory of my Nan. She was a remarkable and wonderful woman who lived a life full of grace, her love of dancing, flower arranging and fairies has been of great influence on my life and artwork. She was ever supportive of my work, so i'd like to continue to paint, illustrate and make stories that would make her proud. 

 

This illustration is also inspired by a poem my Nan chose for her funeral. It is by Henry Van Dyke and is called 'Gone from my Sight'

 

January 29, 2016

This week I have tried to join in with Colour Collective, the ongoing Twitter based art challenge (#colour_collective). I have been very swamped with work at the moment, which is nothing to complain about as it's all projects that I love! I am moving to a new flat next week, and that with a multitude of deadlines means working hard! So I haven't had much time to relax or paint any portfolio work, but I love making time for my portfolio, it really helps my confidence and lets me interact with oth...

December 11, 2015

The dark depths of a crisp December night.

 

Despite Halloween being the favourite among many for spooky stories, December is my favourite time of year to read ghost stories.

 

There is something about the Christmas ghost story tradition which seems to be less adored these days as it was when I was growing up. As a child, my family and I always looked out for an M.R James adaptation on the BBC. We delved into the pages of 'Ghost Stories of an Antiquary' on December evenings, as short days dwindled...

October 2, 2015

Whilst out for a walk, the rain started to batter down, the leaves weighed heavy under the enormous droplets. A strong gale came tumbling through the tree tops throwing the trees this way and that. Thunder shook the ground and lightening danced across the blackened sky. In the strange and looming forest Ellie is all alone. Everything looks strange and she can't find the way home. When along toddled a penguin with a cup of hot chocolate and a pair of ear-muffs. He shared his brolly, and a story t...

May 31, 2015

Over a year ago I finished my dissertation all about the Arabian Nights, and It was about time I rekindled that love for those vivid and magical fairy-tales set in the East! It was great to try and emulate the motion and fluidity of the flying carpet cutting through a rich jewel coloured Indian inspired scene. 

 

I'd like to thank everyone on Twitter who gave this a little star, and any comments brought forward. It's always nerve wracking posting work, so it's lovely to have such a...

May 23, 2015

 This weekend feels like a world away from last. With the weight of deadlines hanging over me, I hardly slept and missed out on seeing friends, much to my chagrin, I even missed my best friend's birthday party. 

 

I have slowly overcome my worries this week and am feeling quietly happy. Although, as it is bank holiday weekend, it means most of my friends and family are going away or have plans. So, it's left quiet and tranquil (yet only slightly lonely) for me. Which, since my last full day o...

April 4, 2015

In the frenzy of a vivacious spring breeze the plants utter to-and-fro; a bunny twitches his little feet as he dreams of chasing carrots, and a young girl murmers wishes and watches as the warm breeze sweeps the dandelion seeds way up into the bright blue. 

 

For all those who know me well it is no suprise that I adore the Sring season. I just love seeing the fresh vibrant flowers pop into full bloom! Some of my favourites are daffodiles, poppies and wild daisies (despite the hay-fever i...

March 24, 2015

Another week, another adventure, this time on the high seas. I used 4 key colours, teal, grey, yellow and red. This was inspired by the colour collective promt 'mustard yellow'.

 

The sun is getting warmer, there was an eclipse to be witnessed and a night out to be enjoyed, so a very good week all in all! Thrilled to have found time to join in with colour collective once more. It's a great way to chat and connect with like-minded and all round lovely folk! Also, another fantastic week of artwork...

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