Bird of Paradise drawn during a residency at Towneley Hall, Lancashire, working from their taxidermy collection.
Scarlet tanagers from the Towneley Hall collection. When I looked at photos of tanagers in the wild, I discovered they look nothing like this; they are tiny and round! The Towneley Hall specimens are pretty squashed and hunch-backed. I really like bad taxidermy.
A few years ago I was lucky enough to be allowed to do some drawing at the amazing Grant Museum of Zoology in London. It's full of pickled stuff in jars! Here's one of them.
Drawing for a screen print.
Image for a range of gift wrap and cards
One of a series of drawings of mating pigeons
One of four birds for a series of greetings cards for the Imaginarium, York
Image for Sound Asleep, a CD by Mary Robson. This is part of a bigger picture with a circus theme. The raven is a sort of ringmaster.
Drawing of a fox. I found the fox whilst on holiday in Ireland, and smuggled it into the cottage freezer in a bin bag. I still feel guilty about this. When it was time to leave we wondered how best to dispose of the fox, as we had no shovel to bury it with. We decided that as it had died in the wild, it would probably be alright to leave it somewhere secluded and let nature take its course. We pulled the car over in a deserted spot and I tried to coax the fox out into a ditch, but as it was frozen solid it landed with a thud, and remained sitting bolt upright, grinning, with one paw lifted in a lopsided salute. I sometimes wonder if any walkers noticed it, and how they imagined a deceased, frozen fox had come to be posing so regally in an otherwise deserted bit of Donegal.
Greetings card design
Greetings card design for gift shop in York
Another specimen from the Grant Museum
This began as an illustration for my own book, but I went for a mentoring session at a publishing house, and they told me not to write the text directly on to the image in case the book is reprinted in other languages. Whoops.