"Creativity takes courgage"
Hello I'm Moira.
Always lovely to have visitors, thanks for popping in!
I'm an artist and illustrator living in Chester, North West England where I work from my home studio.
Every day I get to do what I love, drawing, painting and snipping away to my heart's content.
It's my dream job and a constant dance between me, my muse and my medium, which gives me a great feeling of freedom, of being in the moment.
Every day bringing a new adventure, and a new opportunity to learn.
In answer to those unasked questions, for those of you who want to know more, but are afraid to ask!
What your favourite medium?
My all time favourite tool is a dip pen because of the impact it has on my line work, I'm never totally in control, which leads to serendipitous moments of pure joy — I also love big words, dictionaries are fun!
Which watercolours and gouache do you use?
My favourites are Winsor & Newton and Daler Rowney Artists quality.
What is your favourite colour?
Prussian blue - so versatile like Indigo. I also adore Windsor and Newton's Payne's Gray, it has a very blue cast and is incredibly useful.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I look at things, listen, read, and generally suck it all in like a sponge and out it pops!
Where do you buy your art supplies?
Mostly on line these days as I find it hard to get the quality I want locally. I use a 4G Line & Wash board – like the old illustration board – which I get from Ken Bromley https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/ and I buy the paper version for spot illustrations from www.pegasusart.co.uk/
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
I paint and draw, Cut stuff out and then scan and manipulate.
What colour combination
are you most excited about
Loving the sunny yellow in our kitchen with the peachy glow of a Lady of Shalott rose, the amethyst blue of a cornflower, deep leaf green and the soft neutrals of the vintage elm Ercol table.
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
A ‘Jumper outer’ or a shelf filler at Tesco’s?!
Seriously I can’t think of anything I’d rather do!
What is a Jumper outer?
You go on a ghost walk and the ‘Jumper outer’ jumps out and gives you a fright!
What would your dream illustration job be?
Almost anything for the V&A, love that place, so full of inspiring stuff! Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – would be great to do something for them again. Royal Academy poster or product, illustrations for Selvedge, Resurgence & Ecology magazine, Home decor products for Midwest CBK.
What do you do in your spare time?
Bake bread, make soup, chutney, jelly and sew. I'm currently working on a patchwork bedspread, all sewn by hand using patches from my, and my mum's, sewing projects ...going way, way back. Oh, and I get mucky in the garden!
What are you reading now?
Selvedge – such great articles, full of fabulous photos and illustrations – it's the only subscription I've got and it's well worth it.
What is your all time favourite movie?
No hesitation - Ninotchka, Garbo, I LOVE that film!
Cup of tea, sit on the couch, pull up the blanket and press play.
Who is your favourite cartoon character?
From the sublime to the ridiculous – Daffy Duck – such a Looney!
What was your favourite illustration assignment?
It's often the one I'm working on. Right now it's drawing fruit and veg with a dip pen for our local grocer — pure fun!
What do you listen to while you work?
BBC Radio 6 – makes me work quicker – Radio3 for the classical, it helps me think. I often have an old movie running along in the background on Youtube ...love and old movie!
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
How do you stay in shape physically and mentally?
Yoga, Tai chi and I swim, oh, and I meditate.
What is your current favourite font?
Good one Hmmm… I've always loved Gill Sans Light, think of the SAVOY, Optima is fabulous too, but right now I’d have to say Calibri, it's superbly drafted. I must also admit a passion for brush lettering, Japanese Kanji and Kufic script because they are so incredibly beautiful.
If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be?
Tough choice. I'd want to have some of my online friends over. The ones I've never met in person, but they get me totally!
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
I hardly ever wear shoes!
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
William Patrick Kinsella