I am a designer and  illustrator. Creating artwork and gifts from my own illustrations. I am continually inspired by curious colour combinations and a love of all things vintage. My initial illustrations were inspired by the bygone circuses of the 1940s and 50s… the romance, the colour and the theatricality. These have led me on a journey to places where I have met many interesting animals and time-travelling folk.

With these characters, whom I imagine would make up my troupe, I have created limited edition prints and greetings cards, adorned with both vintage and modern colourful badges. I have also begun creating images of the wide ranging animals that live with my family and friends, incorporating their portraits into my work. All images are produced from my original illustrations.

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