About The Art of the North
A Yorkshire lass.I have gone full circle and found myself back in the Calder Valley with the hills and weather after time living in the hustle and bustle of London and then Manchester.
I have always been creating, doodling, customising but never really channeled it anywhere. I was a secondary school Art teacher for the past 10 years, up until March 2020. When I decided to take the plunge and go fully self employed and put my focus on The Art of the North.
The portraits inspiration started from our wall of photographs of inspirational people. My first portrait was of legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson. I had drawn the portrait over an old map and the comments and requests I got off friends made me think it may be something I could pursue.
Gradually the range of cards and artwork has grown over the past few years. I have had lovely feedback and messages from people who have bought my work for themselves or to give to others who they know are maybe big fans of a particular person. Without sounding too corny it does make it all the more worthwhile knowing it brings a bit of joy to others.
When I am not drawing for the business I try and get out amongst the beautiful countryside we have surrounding us, with my husband and our dog Angus.
I get overly excited by a textured surface: rusty metal, peeling paint, mossy walls. This provides me with inspiration for my mixed media, more abstract work.
My other ideal job would be 'professional beachcomber'... not sure if that is classed as a job though?
I also take affordable commissions for people or places which make an interesting and personal gift. I can draw up to A3 size. Prices on request.