The Day The River Disappeared

I am very happy to be invited back to Cookham Primary School. Its been a few years since I worked with them so I made this illustration as part of a presentation about my work to the children and staff during a morning assembly.

We are working on a story ‘The Day The River Disappeared’ and I will be setting up my studio in the school for one week from Monday 15th January.

I have put more details about the project on my blog here

To follow the Art Week progress, please do check in!
The Day The River Disappeared

Bat Characters


Waiting For The Storm

I was commissioned by a couple to make a painting of and about their daughters. 

This is one of two finished pieces.

I have written about the commission process here

A Story In Process

The Girl and the Crow, Dream with a Crow

Owl Characters

Newborn characters. Ink. Characters

My Fabulist Mornings

Wren asked him ‘What is your name and what are you?’

And to this he raised his arms, circling them above his head and said  ‘I am The Boy Named Crow.’







Drawing by Nicola Rowsell



Explorers – Private Commission

‘Jennie and Lucy, Explorers’ original painting by Nicola Rowsell

I was commissioned to paint a couple’s children.

More information about this commission and my process is available on my blog

And the Fox said…

s4w-square-0001Private commission

The brief was to use my foxes to illustrate a private story.

I created two new characters and a rhyme for my client.


Roaring Lion – Children’s Book Illustration

lionWatercolour, gesso and inkjet.

Mouse – Children’s Book Illustration


Fox – Children’s Book Illustration

Fox illustrationA Character for a children’s story.

Mixed media and digital.


The Big Chase

I am slowly growing some children’s stories. These are some of my characters.

Dogs Playing

Dogs and SwansSelf initiated work inspired by my walks and field sketches.

Sketchbook pages including colour pages of this image, Christmas cards, gift tags and gift wrap are available in my shop.

Owl Families – Children’s Book Illustrations

owlsPencil, character development

Owls in Flight – Children’s Book Illustration

Owls in flightInk on watercolour paper

The Circus – Study of Old Circus Woodcut

LionsMore images to come: polar bears, lion heads

The Rat (character development) Children’s Book Illustration

Rat illustration

The Fox Family – Children’s Book Illlustration

Fox Family

The Black Forest – Children’s Book Illustration

Night In The Forest – Children’s Book Illustration

Deer Night in the ForestSilkscreen made at Printclub, Dalston, London.

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