Over the last two years we’ve got used to living with restrictions. We have got used to not going to concerts, museums, galleries..

Not enjoying art in any form, publicly, became normal.


I was so pleased when I got an invitation from The Vanner Gallery to participate in their exhibition.

Imagine: Illustrating Stories  is an exhibition of original artwork by many well-known illustrators.

Anybody who likes picture books, has children, or is interested in children’s book illustration will recognise these names:carle_papa-get-me-the-moon

Eric Carle, Raymond Briggs, Lauren Child,Screenshot 2022-01-30 at 18.12.11 Shirley Hughes, Oliver Jeffers, Anita Jeram,

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David McKee,

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Jill Murphy, Helen Oxenbury, Axel Scheffler, Shaun Tan, Benedict Blathwayt, Anthony Browne, browne_bear-met-a-giantRobert Ingpen, Simon James, Anita Jeram, John Lawrence, Alice Lickens, Debra McFarlane, Jill Murphy, Neil Packer, Frann Preston, Korky Paul, Kristina Stephenson, Charlotte Voake.

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These are two of my exhibited pictures.


Looking at and appreciating these beautiful illustrations in a book is one thing. Seeing the original artwork and understanding the artistic techniques, seeing the true colours and textures, it shifts your experience onto a different level.

I admired the detailed work of  Jill Murphy. Her illustrations are done with the finest and sharpest coloured pencils you can imagine. Screenshot 2022-01-30 at 18.13.20

There are beautiful illustrations by Anthony Browne, David McKee and of course one of my favourite illustrators Eric Carl who was a master of drawing with a scalpel. Only seeing Eric Carle’s originals makes one fully understand what a great artist he was.

The exhibition is open until 9th April 2022, so if you can make it to Salisbury, don’t miss it!

Let the visiting of music venues, theatres, museums and galleries become a big part of our lives once again.

Suzy Goose And The Christmas Star

The book was published some time ago. As a Christmas book it has a very short life time. It appears in bookshops at this time of the year and it’s taken down from the shelves as soon as Christmas is over. 
ObalWhenever I am asked to sign a copy of “Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star” I know that it is time to start thinking about Christmas presents. CHRISTMAS IS COMING SOON!

13Looking at the pictures from the book I remember the time when I was working on the book. The idea to write “Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star” came to me one Christmas as I was walking over the Somerset Levels.

I always carry a new idea for a book in my head for while before I start sketching it. It takes some time to make it ready to be presented to my publisher and even longer to persuade them that the book is a masterpiece, definitely worth being published.


So when I finely started to work on the pictures, it was summer. It’s a bit strange to paint snow when it is hot outside.1. A Titel pageBut I love painting snow.

In fact I love snow full stop. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some this Christmas?SG_CHRISTMAS-03

Happy Advent to Everyone!