Illustrator In School

This work is a result of Cookham Rise School’s Artweek co-ordinated by Sara O’Mahony and Nicola Rowsell in January 2018.

For Art Week the children were presented with a scenario – the river in Cookham had disappeared and it was their job to get it back.

They could invent superpowers and super-machines. They could choose to become a goodie, a baddie, or both.

Some children created and illustrated their own picture books. They embraced the challenges of developing characters, creating narratives and structuring a story. They worked on roughs before committing to their final picture book.  These stories were inventive, entertaining and all beautifully illustrated.

Other children designed their own super-costumes. Some had great fun making costumes from a variety of scrap materials. These children proudly wore their costumes to the school assembly.

Another group designed super-machines, then worked as teams to build their super-machines from junk modeling and metallic paint.

The children practiced printmaking techniques, frottage (taking rubbings) sculpture, and pure drawing. They had the freedom to play, invent, explore, tell stories, imagine, design and communicate ideas.

Collages of the children’s work were created and framed as six storyboard panels. The panels were designed to read like an open book with text and images working in sequential order to convey a simple story. The story echoes the project and brings the children’s work together as a collaborative ‘book-on-the wall’ that serves as an art and literacy resource for the school.

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It’s been a busy year. I’ve moved to a bigger studio.

studio-new-2014This is my third studio move. It has been exhausting but great. Although I am still moving in, I feel very settled and happy.

I made a big, brave decision to stop freelancing part time as a frame designer for various businesses and start my own bespoke framing company,

This began with a simple request for help with framing from an artist in my first studio.  The demand for my framing design has slowly grown to the point that I now have my own machines, workshop and stock.

I have been designing my own moulding profiles and experimenting with my machines to find more excellent and efficient ways to produce framing. I co-work towards these goals with friends who have different but matched skills to my own.

Many of the artist’s I work with and for have asked me if I still have time for my own work. I have managed to keep my sketchbook work going while completing framing orders. Working as a collective is now beginning to enable me time to spend more time on my own work.

My framing design has enabled me to keep a studio, share a studio and put me more in touch with other artists. My studio is located within a thriving artist’s community in High Wycombe. I am one of scores of artist’s working in a rambling collection of old furniture factories. My neighbours are Angelika Studios, Studio 174, The Magpies, The Chalfont Press, The Ceramic Studios, The Old Factory Studios and Commercial Square Studios.The Curious Room Bespoke Framing& Artist's Services

Photographers, printmakers, painters, ceramicists, sculptors, jewellers, typesetters, mosaic designers and textile artists form this tasty soup of creativity.

Angelika Studios house their own tiny cinema, screening art films once a month and the Future Shorts festival.

They also run Modernist Coin Wash sessions, residencies, artist’s lunches and exchanges. I think they are quite fantastic.

So, here is where I am right now – maintaining a studio, working with my friends and aiming for excellence.

Its all good. And I love my new neighbours.


























Art Exhibition of British Wildlife, 16th & 17 March

‘British Wildlife Art Exhibition’ in association with Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, exhibits the work of 34 artists including some of my drawings, paintings, prints and children’s illustration work. St. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital cares for sick and injured hedgehogs, badgers, wild birds, foxes, even reptiles & amphibians.

Saturday 16th March and Sunday 17th March 2013
10am to 4pm
Address: Aston Rd, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire HP17 8AF
Phone:01844 292292

Lucky 13, my new studio

I’ve almost finished moving in to my new studio in a beautiful retro 1950’s building in High Wycombe. It’s also in the artists’ hub of High Wycombe close to Angelika Studios, Commercial Square Studios and Arts 4 Everyone. It’s a much bigger space than my home studio and I am enjoying meeting other artists.
I feel like a very lucky lady.

Whats on my Drawing Board? The House of Illustration and The Folio Society..

..have put a call out for entries for illustrators to make some illustrations for one of my most loved books. Yes! I got to this this late so I am working hard and enjoying it. What do i most like to do? Simple things like reading, thinking and drawing so this is the perfect project for me. The Folio Society publish beautiful editions of brilliant books. It also is looking like The House of Illustration is moving towards being a full bodied center for illustration which is exciting..

The book? The Outsider by Albert Camus, wonderful.

Carpaccio Magazine Publish 5 of my Paintings.

Carpaccio Magazine have published 5 of my

Lord of the Flies paintings in their current issue (November 2010)

No.20  ‘Go Do Endless Summers’. I am happy with this as they are a cool bunch and its a cool mag!

Print Club, London

I LOVED Print Club in London. Fantastic value for money, £45.00 for the beginner’s workshop and I can’t wait to give it another go.

Best of British Contemporary Illustration Exhibition September 2010

I’m exhibiting in September 2010 at the Best of British Contemporary Illustration Exhibition, organised by the AOL (Association of Illustrators) I will also have two pieces published in the Images 34 Annual. More about Images 34

The Exhibition

8th September – 14th September 2010
London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle
Opening times: 10 – 5pm weekdays, 10 – 4pm, Saturdays, closed Sundays
Admission free

The Private View night will be held on 7th September (strictly by invitation only)

Artangel Project

Published in the new Artangel brochure

‘Life Class:Today’s Nude’

Tutored by John Berger

Drawing by Nicola Rowsell

To view the double page spread, read my news.

Charcoal, antique paper and digital colour


Nicola Rowsell and John Berger are on the same page..

My life drawing is published in the new Artangel brochure. I’m really chuffed to be sharing a page with the wonderful wise John Berger.

these life drawing classes were part of a TV show ‘Life Class: Today’s Nude’ featuring different life models and tutors. I drew the dancer Maria Munoz with John Berger as tutor. I adapted my original drawing to the form of a bird as Maria moved in a bird-like way and i coloured her body red and pink using my bamboo pen and tablet for the first time.

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