Category Archives: In the studio

Kitchen art studio


Hello spring! It’s so wonderful to see you again.
This is my favourite season of the year. Nature starts to bloom again, with vibrant greens and peachy blossom. There’s a magnolia tree on our street, and I just love seeing it at this time of year, it’s pink blooms lifting up in a bright blue sky.
I’ve been working on some new floral wedding stationery designs with a springtime feel. I wanted to free things up a bit, so set up an art studio camp in the kitchen. Working …

Custom portrait painting


A few months ago I collaborated with Oh Comely, to win a custom portrait painting (you can read the previous post here). The idea behind the portrait was to picture someone in their element, doing something they love to do. Here below is the finished picture, of winner Poppy Goodheart (beautiful name) pictured here at home in Bristol.
Poppy described the things that feel most important to her. Major themes were her recent marriage, a career as an assistant producer at …

Custom illustrated portrait of a special place


You don’t need to live in a place for it to become special. An obvious example of this would be a wedding venue. The bride and groom are there for hours (or perhaps days) and yet it will be forever golden in their hearts. But a special place can also be somewhere that you find simple joy in everyday life.
For blogger Lucy Gleeson it’s the beach near her home in Suffolk. “Having a bespoke portrait of my dog Sandy and I in Southwold …

House portraits from photos


The great thing about making house portraits from photos, is the magic of ‘artistic licence’. Unattractive satellite dishes on your roof? They can be edited away with the swish of a brush. Front wall in need of a repaint? I’ll re-paint that for you.
I invited Hilary Light to have a portrait painted of her home that she’s been renovating and documenting on her design and architecture blog Ecomodernstudios. As this is a building ‘work in progress’, Hilary asked me …

Creating a perfect home studio – guest blogger on 91 Magazine


Like many people who run their own creative business, I work from home. It’s a great way to avoid the costly overheads of studio rental, but has its challenges.
This week, I was delighted to feature as guest blogger on 91 Magazine, where I share my top tips for making your home environment work professionally, while keeping the place feeling homely. Do check out the other great articles on the blog (and new print issue), which covers all aspects of creative living. If you’re inspired by …