Fancy a tropical getaway? Time for a chill Sunday session at The Pink Palm, lounging poolside on the striped daybeds in the Bali sun, surrounded by cheery potted geraniums and palms swaying in the island breeze.
The first in my ‘Spirited Women’ series. This is Jena, an intuitive guide, writer and energy shifter, with her spirit animal the magnificent lion. She’s a flame-haired Leo with African roots and I’ve depicted her here with gypsy tea leaves, red and yellow flowers, a meditation tent and some luscious Moroccan cushions.
Part of a series of illustrations for Folktale Week 2018. ‘The Forest Bride’ is a Finnish Folktale about a woodsman who discovers his sweetheart (a little mouse!) in a little cottage in the woods. When he proclaims his love for her, a spell is broken and she returns to her original form – a beautiful princess, of course!
A little self portrait designed for my social media avatar. Here I am in the moonlight, surrounded by my tropical garden in Bali, with banana leaves, parlour palms and bird of paradise flowers. In the background, some symbols to represent my love of art history, mysticism and the mythology of ancient cultures – the pyramids of Giza and a cheeky snake adorned with the Eye of Providence.
A commissioned intuitive portrait to decorate a bohemian-style home in Australia. The subject is pictured with her beautiful tri-coloured tabby cat, Willow, in a magical metaphorical glasshouse filled with roses, potted plants and blackberries. A cheeky pink and grey galah and the blossoms of a red flowering gum peek in from outside.
One of a series of ‘Inspiring Women’ for the Inktober Feminists 2018 challenge. My idea was to depict each woman clothed in the iconic graphic designs of her era. Here is author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a dress filled with a vibrant African ankara print.
Celebrating diversity and positive body image for all women, this piece was created for Magic Moon Week 2019. The challenge sought to inspire artists with topics centred around women, our magical bodies and the moon.
An editorial piece about sensuality, social media and selfies, this was created for Magic Moon Week 2019. The challenge sought to inspire artists with topics centred around women, our magical bodies and the moon.
A commissioned piece to celebrate a daughter’s birthday. This is Gisela, a young yogini who loves to travel and dream. Here she is with her spirit animal, the brown bear, in a garden of flowers and cacti. She wears a medicine woman cloak and wears an expression of calm resolution as she considers her journey ahead.
Part of my ‘Spirited Women’ series of intuitive portraits. This is Chloe, a jewellery maker from the Netherlands, a maker of beautiful faery-like perfume bottle necklaces and lover of the woods. Here she is reading stories to her spirit animal, the white leopard, under the moonlight. The trees in the distance are blowing with the winds of change.
A children’s book character created for Christmas and a series of ‘Winter Vibes’ prompts created by the Instagram illustration community. This is Petunia hiding her pudding rolls under a pine tree print sweater.
Cosy up with a good book and snuggle into the bohemian life with this print inspired by interior decor blogger and all-round cutie-pie Maddie Normandin of 'My Little Bohome'.
One of a series of ‘Inspiring Women’ for the Inktober Feminists 2018 challenge. My idea was to depict each woman clothed in the iconic graphic designs of her era. Here is Yoko Ono in a dress filled with a psychadelic 1960s ‘Yellow Submarine’ inspired design.
Part of my ‘Spirited Women’ series of intuitive portraits. This is Tiffany, with her golden compass and her luminous spirit dog, radiating with the starlight of the goddess Astraea. A snowy mountain rises in the distance as the magical East winds blow the leaves and grasses around her.
A commissioned work for a contemporary Shanghainese café and restaurant. These five framed prints will be hung above the dining area and depict a bunch of trendy diners enjoying their dumplings, green tea, spicy fish soup, cocktails and rice bowls.
Part of my ‘Spirited Women’ series of intuitive portraits. This is Nicola, a dancer, tantrika and yogini from New Zealand. She is a full time lover and ritual addict. Here she is floating embryo-like in the primordial soup of creation with her spirit animal, the Nile crocodile, surrounded by lotus flowers, strange jellyfish and wearing a kimono covered in scarlet serpents.
A self-initiated portrait for popular Instagram fashionista, hijab stylist and makeup artist Mihoona from the Maldives. Experimenting with a loose, colourful style and bold black lines, with a splash of Matisse and Gauguin.
One of a series of ‘Inspiring Women’ for the Inktober Feminists 2018 challenge. My idea was to depict each woman clothed in the iconic graphic designs of her era. Here is activist Coretta Scott King in a dress filled with a 1960s floral print (inspired by the sundress she wore in a famous photo of her on holidays with husband Martin Luther).
One of a series of ‘Inspiring Women’ for the Inktober Feminists 2018 challenge. My idea was to depict each woman clothed in the iconic graphic designs of her era. Here is actress Marlene Dietrich in a dress filled with a 1930s wallpaper print, looking typically fierce and formidable with her dramatic eyebrows and cheekbones.
In the religion of ancient Babylon, Tiamat is a primordial goddess of the salt sea. She is the symbol of the chaos of primordial creation. She is referred to as a woman, and described as the glistening one. It is suggested that there are two parts to the Tiamat mythos, the first in which Tiamat is a creator goddess, through a sacred marriage between salt and fresh water, peacefully creating the cosmos through successive generations. In the second, she is considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos. Some sources identify her with images of a sea serpent or dragon.
Part of my ‘Spirited Women’ series of intuitive portraits. This is Gioia, a jewellery maker from Sardinia, a world traveller and spirit sister. Here she is playing her ukulele to her spirit guide, Kayumari, the fire god of the Wixárica tribe. As the sun rises on a new dawn, a spider's web clings to the deer’s antlers, new growth is rising from the once-burnt landscape and the waters of Lemuria stir.
Available to purchase as a print and home decor items via my online shop. This depicts one of my favourite scenes from the Bali travel blogger lifestyle – posing by the pool and enjoying luscious fruit platters for breakfast every day.
A commissioned work for a contemporary Shanghainese bar and restaurant. This will be a 10 metre wide mural painted above the dining area and depicts a group of trendy diners partying with their dumplings and cocktails.
A fun editorial piece about travel blogging and the rise of instagram celebrity set in the glorious Greek islands. It’s all about the choc mint gelato!
One of a series of ‘Inspiring Women’ for the Inktober Feminists 2018 challenge. My idea was to depict each woman clothed in the iconic graphic designs of her era. Here is Betty Friedan, author of The Feminist Mystique and instigator of the second wave of American Feminism. Her dress is filled with a 1960s home decor print, and she’s pictured with one of her most famously provocative quotes. Amen to that, sister!
One in a set of wedding invitations for cute couple Shana and Isuru. The bride and groom are standing on a beautifully decorated ‘Poruwa’ stand – part of a traditional Sinhalese wedding ceremony.
One in a set of wedding invitations for cute couple Shana and Isuru. The bride and groom are dancing with their guests under the lantern lights, covered in colourful confetti, and kicking up their heels.
Part of my ‘Spirited Women’ series of intuitive portraits. This is Deebika, a young animal rights activist, yogini, feminist and reiki master from Sri Lanka. Here she is relaxing in her jungle dreamworld with her spirit animal, the Barn Owl, surrounded by sensual fruits, fairy lights and a portrait of her muse, the inimitable Frida Kahlo.
A fun editorial piece about travel blogging and the rise of instagram celebrity set in a French boutique hotel room.
Inspired by my 'girl tribe' and the awesome female empowerment podcast 'She's So Cool'. This illustration celebrates diversity, inclusion, feminism and generally invoking your inner 'badass'.