A bit about me...
Hello, I’m Carla, I’m a watercolour artist and illustrator.
I’m an animal and nature lover and dream of living on a barge one day, sailing up and down the canals selling my wares and painting children’s books… but for now I live in Lancashire with my Mum and Dad in the converted garage, looking out on to our little garden full of the local wildlife, which is mainly birds and the occasional cat until Stanley (the family Boxer dog) chases it off. I also own a lovely horse called Nikita, I use to compete her all over England, but she had to retire due to poorly legs. She’s now a lady of leisure and lives just around the corner from me.
What do I do, who can I help?
I paint loose watercolour paintings for both custom orders and businesses. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke painting for a gift, artwork to compliment your branding or an author looking for an illustrator - I can help. Or if you have something else in mind please get in touch and we can discuss your ideas.
How & why I started?
It all started after losing our family Boxer dog Melissa, I struggled with the loss and found painting pictures of her helped me to cope. Eventually I was persuaded to share them on Facebook and I started to get orders for pet portraits. Then in 2016 I had to have brain surgery to prevent an already worsening brain condition, (Chiari Malformation Syringomyelia) from getting pretty serious. Luckily the surgery was successful, but I was still left with a lot of symptoms that effected my day to day life. So, my original plan of using my degree in fashion design and textiles went out of the window and I decided to make my hobby into a business that would work around my health condition and put a positive spin on it all! While I love painting pet portraits, my real passion lies in illustration and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some lovely small businesses already and I super excited to see where illustration will take me!