Andrew Palmer MA (RCA)
A contemporary artist living and working in Cornwall, Andrew's dramatic, emotionally charged paintings skillfully capture the light and atmosphere of the wild Cornish coast.
An abstract artist based in Devon, Mark studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, and specialises in making works on paper. Exploring relationships between colour, texture, translucency and opacity, Mark creates paintings that are absorbing and uplifting.
After emerging from a childhood spent mostly on the floor doodling and writing stories and poems on scraps of office paper, Una Joy went on to study Fine Art in the 1970s at Colchester School of Art and Ravensbourne.
When she isn't following up ideas for her Paper Bird illustrations (Inkybeak, Fauna, Woody, Crumb, Cuckoo and Hoot) she sometimes finds time to delve back into painting and printmaking.
Exploring the natural landscape and interior life through abstract painting, Brigid uses mixed media, ink, oils, acrylic, ink and graphite on various grounds.
Orkney-based, self-taught linocut printmaker, Cat is inspired by wild places and small everyday domestic moments. 'I am always learning, always surprising myself, and in love with the whole big adventure of it all.'
Inspired by British wildlife and the natural world, Helen makes simple and beautiful illustrations. She is known for her reduced aesthetic and sensitive use of colour. Her illustrations can be found on textiles, fine bone china and fine art prints.
Having worked creating special effects at Shepperton Studios, Ian spent five years as a designer and illustrator at Penguin Books before becoming a full-time illustrator. He now works from home where he watches green parakeets (and the occasional dragon) fly past his studio window!
Ky studied illustration and printmaking at Camberwell School of Art. Her practice centres on alternative photographic processes employing light to make her camera-less images. She loves slow photography using pinhole cameras to document landscape, capturing moments related to memory.
Having studied fine art textiles at Goldsmiths, Linda works mainly within that medium. Hand-stich is her preferred method of mark-making and she often uses this in conjunction with found and/or plant-dyed fabrics.
A Dorset based artist, Vanessa studied at Portsmouth University and has been exhibiting since 1987. Her paintings are widely renowned and collected, loved for their joyous response to nature, their gentle, endearing humour and skillful and exuberant use of colour.
Gaia makes her tiny, exquisite dogs using the technique of needle felting. They are often commissioned portraits but just as often come from her delight in capturing the essence and character of these beloved companions.
Described as an artist who wears a french hat, David studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.
He loves drawing wherever he goes, capturing and celebrating the little things in life.
Sarah Metcalfe studied for her degree in Printed Textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design. She has continued to work in this area for thirty years and has created a wide-ranging portfolio of styles for fabrics and stationery. We publish a range of her playful collages which use typographical components and her own delicate floral and geometric patterns.
Young at heart, Janine is a diverse painter and illustrator with over 30 years experience in various creative roles. Originally from a surface pattern/printed textile background, painting is where Janine’s heart is. Inspired by coast and countryside, allotments and gardens, Janine’s distinctive style and palette seem to almost effortlessly capture the different qualities of these places.
Born in the Netherlands and now living in Kent, Tjitske is an artist, illustrator and pattern maker who is inspired by the seasons, the weather and wildlife. Her work combines abstract patterns and figurative elements to create atmospheric images of nature and landscapes.
Esté describes herself as a colourist. Her work is inspired by the real and the imaginary, by travel, nature, dreams and seasons. A background in textile and ceramic design is evident in the stylised, abundant and colourful forms used in her floral paintings.
Arabella Shand paints about her life, family and surroundings. She trained at Colchester Institute, Kingston Polytechnic and City and Guilds Art School in London. Arabella began her career as an abstract painter and has carried her interest in colour, composition and pattern forward into her more representational work. She lived on the Essex/Suffolk borders all her life until she moved to Carmarthenshire ten years ago where she is having a fantastic adventure.
Steven graduated from an illustration and printmaking degree in the 80s and has been chopping lino and daubing on pots ever since. He lives in the South West with a dog, a cat and many, many collections of things.
Arthur Parkinson is a self-taught artist with a deep affection for hens which he has kept since the age of seven. He grew up in a town on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire and spent family holidays in the Derbyshire Peak District and it was there that he fell in love with the countryside and developed an enduring passion for nature. He has written several books about gardening. His first illustrated book, Chicken Boy, an evocative memoir and homage to hens, has inspired this card collection. His delicate, observational pen and ink drawings, informed by Arthur’s deep knowledge and care of hens, capture the essence of each breed.
Chicken Boy is published by Particular Books, an imprintof Penguin Random House UK.
Joanna Layla is a London-based illustrator and artist. Her style is guided by her skilful, intuitive use of ink in a way that gives her distinctive images their unique blend of elegance and spontaneity. Working by hand she achieves a minimalist aesthetic that both captures the energy and emotion of a moment and invites the viewer to complete the picture.
Kate Boxer, born 1961, is a painter and printmaker with a rare ability to summon the essence of her subject matter. Her portraits of humans and animals, together, apart, are imbued with thoughtful and provocative observations and implications about us in relation to animals and they in regard to us. Comedy and pathos embrace in her pared back approach. The fifteen portraits of notable people published here exemplify how her idiosyncratic, strong senses of line and composition work to illuminate and distill her subject matter.
For more information visit kateboxer.co.uk and find your way from there to some marvellous writings about her work.