Art was part of my life from an early age. It was what I was best at and at home I was surrounded by colour. Though neither of my parents are painters, my father displayed art on almost every wall and my mother was a fantastic seamstress. I grew up loving impressionist and post impressionist painting - not in an intellectual sense - purely an attraction to the magical light conveyed in layers of colour - the beauty in the everyday then - which looks lavish and romantic to our eyes now.
After leaving art college in Kingston Upon Thames, I spent over many years illustrating greeting cards: working for a few years as an in house Christmas artist for International Greetings and subsequently many different publishers as a freelance artist. The first book I illustrated was Molly Maran and the Fox by Ladybird Books and I was commissioned to create decorative and fiction illustrations for a different magazines and contributed to a couple of Dorling Kindersley books on how to paint - among other singular commissions - like 52 paintings for a workplace information video in the early 1990s! After my son was born I moved away from South London to Norfolk and had a daughter just over a year later; then I began designing and making gifts for families calling my brand Moobaacluck and was spotted by Notonthehighstreet.com, opening a shop there in 2009.
Now I produce my own wrapping paper and card designs too. I teach on line via Skillshare and hope to create workshops in person in 2020. I’ve exhibited locally at the Garden House in Cromer and was selected for the Holt Festival Art Prize in summer 2019 .
In late November 2019 I will be showing at Art Fair East in the centre of Norwich from the 29th November - 1st December.
I’m looking forward to taking part in open studios again in May 2020. Come and visit if you are in Norfolk in May next year!
Clients include: Ladybird Books, Camden Graphics, PaperHouse, Hallmark, Ling Design, Gibson Greetings, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Oxford University Press, Lion Publishing, Paperlink, Hoomark, Claire Madicott cards, Avocado cards, DC Thomson, Lloyds Bank, GE magazines, IPC Magazines, Red Robin Books, Dorling Kindersley and a variety of private clients.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about any project or idea you think I can help you with.
If you're a small business owner and want me to hand letter some words or create some black and white icons (to be coloured or not) let me know what you need and I can quote for you. You can see the lettering work and illustration that that I created for Kathy Payne here and the logo and brand colours for Caroline Brogden here