I am thrilled to say that I am on the cover of the September 2022 issue of Artists & Illustrators! My pastel portrait Bonny Miss Bonnie is smiling at passers by from newstands, gracing the computers of digital subscribers and cheering up coffee tables across the UK and overseas.
Inside the magazine there is a six page ‘In the Studio’ feature exploring my artistic inspirations, motivations and methods. Seeing my work in print is always exciting, and to have my drawings in a magazine I have enjoyed for many years is very flattering.
Being an artist can be a pretty isolating job. I am not one of those who spends a lot of time on social media connecting with people, and in-person events are few and far between at the moment due to other commitments, so having an opportunity like this to reach a wider audience than I ever would on my own is something I am very grateful for.
The interview questions I was posed were excellent, they really made me reflect on what I do and why. And when I asked those who follow me online which 10 artworks people felt best represent my work, I received a brilliant response with many considered replies. All of those votes and comments helped inform the selection of pictures I submitted for this feature, so thank you to everyone who contributed and encouraged me.
You can get your copy of Artists & Illustrators in many highstreet retailers, major supermarkets and independent newsagents, or visit the A&I website and buy or subscribe online.
If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in this article about my feature in Cornwall Life Magazine.
The February edition of the US publication COLOR Magazine features my most recent coloured pencil artwork, An Age of Indigo. I was asked if I would like to be included, which was of course a yes from me, and so I wrote a short piece about this portrait which you can read on the COLOR blog.
COLOR Magazine is a creation of the American artist Ann Kullberg, the first artist I became aware of who worked in coloured pencil, back when I was a teenager. Her realistic portraits were a huge inspiration to me, and I would pore over the book of hers that I borrowed from my local library, in awe of her skill and these seemingly impossible artworks.
This is the second time I have been featured in COLOR, you can read more about the first time I was the cover artist and published in its pages with my post about my step by step guide to drawing A Violet Veil.
I was invited to write a feature for the November 2020 edition of The SAA’s PAINT magazine. When considering what the subject might be I happened upon this owl, and I found its faraway expression so appealing as it looked to me as if it were deep in thought.
I really enjoy sharing the process of how I create an artwork. It is an opportunity to demystify what happens on the drawing board, and also encourages me to work in a more methodical and way than I usually do. The act of recording the stages, the colours used and the manner in which I work brings a focus to the act which can be really valuable. Plus seeing my words and art in print is always particularly rewarding, so thank you to The SAA. I hope that the readers of PAINT will find this tutorial as rewarding and fun as I did.