Tell us about yourself!
I live in Falmouth, Cornwall in the UK – one of the art hotspots in the country and a super inspiring coastal location to live and work in. I am a contemporary artist, painter and my canvases are sold all over the world. I use elements from my paintings to create my designs. I am the www.EdenProject.com artist in residence and love to travel and study environmental subjects around the world.
Tell us about the space where you do your work.
I have always worked from home – cost effective and friendly 🙂 I have a large house and the three floors all have studio spaces for painting, packing, designing and framing. It is quite an industrious place! I live and work by the beach surrounded by wonderful light, sub-tropical plants and holiday fun.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
My father is an artist, so I grew up surrounded by art. I trained in London in graphic design and then lived in Camden as a freelance designer and young artist. Traveling to the Amazon rainforest in 1989 converted me to a painter.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
The natural world, my family, people on holiday and inspiring places all inspire my work.
When do you feel most creative? Your least?
When I have a clear head, I feel the most creative and when I travel.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
I love the variety of Zazzle products; it’s a wonderful design process to go through. I love the ties, phone cases and clocks, but the most popular items are posters and art cards.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
I would love the textured watercolor paper to be reintroduced for posters – we miss that and used to sell lots of posters on this quality paper stock. We miss the framing option too. Drop shipping would be a great service we are always looking at too.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
Art posters have always been the big thing for me on Zazzle – and in 2009 posters, cards, mugs and ties all sold well.
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
It’s too hard to say – it’s the variety that I like and the challenge of working with new products all the time.
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Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Have fun! Design lots of products and don’t worry if many don’t sell – you need a great offering to attract interest and then keep expanding the range. Order the products too as presents for friends and family – get to know what you are selling.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
Zazzle is a great company to work with and they look after our customers well. It’s a great partnership.