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A Little Bit About Me…

After leaving Art School in the 70’s with a BA in Graphics and Illustration I became a Book designer and worked freelance for many years combining it with Book Illustration.

I wrote and illustrated 2 children’s books after our son was born in ’91. I worked as a visualiser for Dorling Kindersley then spent time commissioning artworks for Books and various Partworks.

Treatment for breast cancer 2002 caused a change in my career and gave me time to acquire 2 dachshund puppies. Having intended to bring home only one – Archie and Doug came into our lives and working from home started a small production of Greeting Cards inspired by their wonderful style and personalities.

Sadly they are no longer with us, but they were followed by the adorable Ned and recently the arrival of his black and tan nephew tiny naughty Henry.

Having previously only worked with pencil and paint and galley type it has been an amazing learning curve to explore the delights of computer illustration. Enjoying the cutting and sticking aspect of earlier publishing work I discovered the thrills of a small die cutting machine to produce some of the early doggy shapes. The templates produced on my computer.

I continue to be inspired by these adorable design classic dogs setting them in my home town for the last 40 years – London.