As well as writing my ass off, I enjoy dabbing paint to paper and creating bright, hilarious pictures of bad-ass kittens and gothic maidens. I work in ink, pen and acrylic on paper or board, and can create an artwork to showcase your product, brand or personality. If you’re looking for an illustrator for a children’s book, greeting card, or you just want something awesome to hang on your wall, check out my illustration services and contact me and we’ll talk ideas.
How do You Paint when You Can’t See?
Since this is a question I’m asked ALL THE TIME, I thought I’d better address it right from the onset. As you may know, I am legally blind, and have a condition called achromatopsia, which means my eyes have no cone cells, and I cannot see any colour. It’s difficult to describe what I do see, but the best way to understand it is to say I see in different shades of grey.
But I understand the concept of colour, and I like to use very bright, often primary, colours in my artwork, and I often outline in black to give the image a real pop. I buy paints that have the name of the colour written on the tube, and I memorise where I’ve put them on my palette. I work with a limited palette (usually only primary colours + black/white), to make remembering easier, and years of painting has taught me which colours to mix to get new colours. I paint on an easel that’s about 2 inches from my face. Sometimes I ask my husband if a colour is correct.
Despite my achromatopsia, I’m able to work with clients to produce professional-quality illustrations and artwork. Some jobs will be beyond my capabilities – for instance, producing exact colour matches for a product – but you’ll be surprised at just what I’m able to do with colour despite not being able to see it. If you want to know more, contact me and we’ll talk details!
If you’re a publisher, you can download my tearsheet to keep in your records:
I’m the write and illustrator of Corpsepaint Kitty, a popular webcomic about heavy metal cats. Here are some of the more popular comics.
Illustration / Products
My illustrations look great on postcards, greeting cards, as book illustrations or on your website. I’m definitely interested in licensing art for your company products. Got a project in mind? Call me today and we’ll talk.
While most of my illustration work is on paper for use on products like postcards, books and greeting cards, my fine art is on canvas or board for hanging in the home. Browse this gallery to see some of my larger-scale work.
Exhibitions, Shows and Art Events
My artwork has appeared in shows, markets and fairs in New Zealand. Here are some of my present and past shows:
Part Time Artist, Full Time Friend exhibition, The Classic Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland, 18 November 2012. 5 pieces + live art display.
2010 Franklin City Arts Festival Exhibition, “Yggdrasil at Ragnorak”