Fairytale Prince in an Enchanted Forest

Here is my latest painting.  It’s very much inspired by my love of fairytales. This was one of those lovely times when the whole composition just popped into my head whilst thinking of something entirely mundane I’m sure!  Hopefully I’ll have this one in print form soon.  For now, don’t forget I have a selection of cards and prints available here.

Hope you are all enjoying the mostly lovely spring weather we’ve been having.  The faeries have been busy making everything green and merry.  It’s my favourite time of year!Fairytale painting with a prince and castle

I some of my favourite fairytales are Rumplestiltskin, The Juniper Tree, Snow White and Rose Red and Hansel and Grethel.

What is your favourite fairytale?

If you would like to see more of my faery fairytale artwork, have a look at my gallery.

Shaggy Ink Cap

Hello everyone and happy spring!

After so much rain it finally appears to be here!  Little green things are unfurling everywhere and the birds are singing gloriously (especially at silly o’clock in the morning which is the one benefit of keeping waking up far too early! ).  My little friend Tip made by Wendy Froud has been out enjoying the sun too – enjoying all the spring flowers and swinging dangerously in the greengage tree!Wendy Froud Troll








I’ve recently finished a new painting – yes it’s another faery fungi!  He is a little shaggy ink cap peering out from the hedgerow observing the comings and goings of all the woodland creatures and any humans who dare to veer off the path.  I think another reason mushrooms sometimes look so sad is because so many have such a short life time – this particular type melting into a puddle of black liquid (hence the name ink cap!).

Shaggy Ink Cap Mushroom Painting

My next painting planned combines my love of horses and fairytales so hopefully I’ll have that to show you all soon but until then, have fun out in that sun and watch out for those faeries helping it along!

You can see my other faery fungi artwork here.

Springtime Goblin


Springtime goblin

This grinning faery says his name is Hegley in the Hedge. He is a springtime goblin who appeared to me other day after I was feeling very relieved to get something that was causing much anxiety out of the way.  I just had to paint him!

He is a faery of relief and that joyful laughter that bubbles up with it. Dwelling in hedgerows he helps the first little spring green leaves appear in hedges  All who see them feel joy and relief that the cold winter and long nights are fading and spring is on the way!

Where the Faery Magic Happens!

Hello and faery greetings to you all!

It has been a while since I’ve written a post.  I’ve had a lot going on but now it’s time to get back to creating! I’ve had little time to paint recently but I’m feeling very inspired by all the busy spring time faeries out and about in the woodlands and high hills.  Many are restless to see themselves on paper!
It has been lovely over the past few weeks to see the countryside spring to life. Walking along a shady lane recently, with all the cow parsley, ragged robbin, hawthorn and ferns looking fresh and green, I came upon this wonderful ash tree looking down from the side of the path. It is said that if you stand under an ash tree, troublesome faeries will leave you alone, but I have doubts as to this as those little hollows look like perfect faery hiding places!

Hedge of ash trees


I thought I would also share with you my little space I have for painting.

artists studio


On my desk I have some of my mushroom creations and you might also spot Tip (holding a pencil)  He is made by the wonderful Wendy Froud (her blog can be found here).  I think he is trying to help me out! Also I keep a small selection of my many inspirational books such as the enchanting old copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Outside the window to my right, I can see over the countryside for miles – fields, hedgerows and the sparkling river where I love to see the changing weather and seasons.

Now I must go and let all this inspiration find its way on to paper and hopefully I’ll have some new art to share with you soon!

Blackgang Chine Fairy Fling

Welcome to my first post. I’ve been really busy recently setting up my new business so I’ve had little time to write.  Now everything is up and running I have a bit more time!

This weekend I attended my first event selling my prints and cards at Blackgang Chine’s Fairy Fling event. Blackgang Chine is a theme park on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.  It waspened in the middle of the 19th century and is one of my favourite places! It has many fabulous and quirky features.  I think my favourite is Rumpus Mansion – a lovely old house taken over by all sorts of unruly faeries, goblin and pixie! I even thought I glimpsed something very faery like flittering around then disappearing by the door as we were setting up on Sunday morning!

Despite the misty weather on Sunday the day was very enjoyable.  Everyone there was so friendly and helpful. The weather on Monday was much better and it was lovely to talk to so many lovely people and see all the lovely faery costumes! There was even a unicorn!

Hopefully now I’ll be able to get back outside and get some painting inspiration from all the faeries I may see. I’m just off to help put up a squirrel feeder in a local woodland so I’ll see what I can see there. It is rather on the blustery side today though.  If I was a faery I think I might be nestled away in a cosy tree root! I have had rather a queue of helpful creatures enquiring about portraits so if I don’t see anything today, I’ve got lots to be getting on with!

Right, I’m off out now, and if you don’t hear from me again, I’ve probably blown away!
Blackgang Chine Faery Fling