Aamora Triptych (illustration and photography)

A collaboration for the Aamora Triptych challenge which was accepted and shown on the wonderful website which showcases the work of professional artists.
Paola created the beautiful colours with her camera, I drew the illustrations and we worked on the words together. The other artist is … shadowy…
The work is being used by a professional business coach in her sessions about Transactional Analysis to illustrate game-playing in business.
A collaboration between
Carla Boulton
Descended from Flemish horse dealers and English farmers. Carla likens herself to a warm wind, enveloping those around her in a firm and guiding way. A multi-skilled graphic designer and artist for 25+ years working in marketing and branding. Also works with children in schools instilling a love of creativity and freedom. A successful illustrator and painter, photographer with a keen sense of darkness and humour.
Paola Alessandri-Gray
Italian. Degree in architecture, string of other qualifications, ranging from nutritional therapy, to horticulture, to health promotion, teaching, motivational interviewing and others. Inherited passion from photography from father and grandfather – second artistic love is printmaking – leading a double life as a serious public servant and a committed artist – has been cycling for over 40 years, singing choral music for over 30, living in England for over 20 and practicing yoga for 10+
The Angry Dwarf
This artist whose ever-changing identity and style is leeched from those around, works solely for their own satisfaction, never divulging their real identity, only ever appearing when gratification and adulation is on offer, quietly sliding away when aims have been reached.

Promises series

Dimensions: 6 x 4″ acrylic paint and ink on board.
A  series which looks at how short verbal exchanges made in relationships can have a profound effect
Promises 1 was sent to Moss, Norway as part of the second Twitter art exhibition organised by David Sandum @davidsandumart, follow the #twitterartexhibit on Twitter. Promises 2 and 3 were framed and sold in the UK.
I was involved in the first Twitter art exhibition in 2010/11 and am proud to have been again.
The exhibition is a collaboration between artists from all over the World and the works are diverse in style and material, all must be postcard sized.
All funds raised from the sale of works – from which the artists take nothing – supported the Moss Women’s Refuge.

Drawing for Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world.
The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
As a lady I can’t (yet) grow a moustache, however I can draw so I have joined in with Creature Mag’s call for Movember illustrations, here’s my offering below, this was linked from the Penhaligon of London website.

Movember - Grow a moustache, raise awareness of prostate cancer, 2011

Ditherington Flax Mill

After I spent a year as one of the artists in residence at Ditherington Flaxmill, Shrewsbury Shropshire SY1, five pieces of work, drawings and mixed media became part of a very successful group show by Flaxmill Arts. The show was part of an English Heritage Open Weekend which was attended by over 1000 visitors.

The drawn images below have been printed in an edition of 5 on acid-free paper in archival ink. Please enquire to buy.

Graphic pen on paper 200 x 210

Drawing a Dog

When a client asked me to draw her dog Kipper for use in her new business I was delighted, my design business is NaughtyMutt Ltd – Fred is our dog and I like a challenge.

Any commission goes through a process, part of this is getting to know the subject. In the case of converting Kipper to a coloured line drawing it meant sitting with photographs of him, learning about his character from his owner and then making sheets of drawings with my fine graphic pen, some looked just wrong, others OK but at some point in the process – not the first drawing and not the last I got it right.

My client was really pleased: Hi there Carla, the logo is fab – thank you. That was nice as there’s always a breath-holding moment inbetween sending previews to a client and the feedback. I hope you enjoy Kipper, the process – the coloured image is the final one.

Ditherington Flax Mill

I spent a year as one of the artists in residence at Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK, this is the oldest iron-framed building in Europe, derelict and at the planning stages of redevelopment. An exciting point to be involved with. The history aspect is wonderful and the opportunity to work with English Heritage is fantastic.

The paintings shown below are acrylic and household paint on cotton canvas,  4′ tall x 2’6″ft wide.

Creative Boom

I was asked by Creative Boom Shrewsbury to create the banner for the launch of this site which was a hub of the national Creative Boom website. A great opportunity for artists to meet other artists and creatives, to collaborate, contribute and get their work seen.

Creative Boom Shrewsbury was a regional online magazine about the creative industries in Shropshire and covers everything from fashion, film and photography to art, design, animation and marketing.

The monsters were so loved that they were then used as characters on the Creative Boom, Shrewsbury business cards – hooray for creative monsters!

For the second banner Shropshire creators were asked to contribute their own creative monsters to be put together in a banner by me. Creative Boom no longer has a local hub, instead Shropshire is now part of the West Midlands Hub.

Visit the Creative Boom site

Shropshire Jelly

An opportunity to draw people as they work – and why not? So I went along to pencil-spy at Shropshire Jelly, a casual monthly co-working event, where homeworkers, freelancers, small business owners and office based people who want a change of environment once in a while can get together with their laptops once a month to have a change from their usual workplace, meet some new people and work together in a social environment. Shropshire jelly. If you would like me to come and draw at your event please drop me and email or give me a call.


In the Distance Yet Unreachable, Acrylic and gesso on Cotton Canvas, 300mm x 220mm.

The unreachable series is based upon the text below

Unreachable, the distance you are
Seems so far away but so near
Time is sometimes not the barrier
Neither distance
Deeds done, advantage taken
Wounds slash deep

Unreachable the distance you are
So near, your light obscured
Your face blank, smiles unreal
Eyes show nothing
When will you mean words
When will it heal?

Unreachable the distance you are
Closer than a tender touch
Resistant and closed hard fast
Pride projects a barrier
Emotions never flow
How will we repair?


Graphic pen on board with acrylic paint.
A series of modern morals looking how we view the World and is it how we really think it is?
148 x 105mm

Be Yourself 2 showed in Moss Gallery, Norway

New Morals drawings showed at a show of new work at the Hive Gallery, Shrewsbury, UK, see a review and listen to audio interview here

A further set of Morals drawings showed in Moscow with much interest.