Ailsa Black trained at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. Today she works from a seaside studio in the tiny Scottish village of Carsethorn in Dumfries and Galloway. From her small studio at the top of her house she observes and captures the daily comings and goings of village life. The birds, animals and countryside surrounding Ailsa edge their way into her paintings, prints, cards and gifts.
Whether it's squirrels and butterflies, cats and mice, hares and robins they often appear to be having a quiet friendly conversation. Ailsa's partner Alan and Jack, their much-loved failed sheep dog, also make regular appearances - perhaps standing on the beach or sitting staring thoughtfully out to sea as a boat sails by.
Her art embraces the simplest and deepest joys in life, those cherished moments of quiet companionship when the world seems at peace. On a free day you will find her riding her bicycle round the quite roads or tramping miles with her collie dog along the shore or up surrounding hills to quiet places.
Beryl Cook was born in 1926 in Surrey, England, one of four sisters. She left school at fourteen, showing little talent for painting and worked in a variety of jobs. Moving to London in 1943 Beryl became a showgirl in a touring production of ‘The Gypsy Princess’. She also worked in the fashion industry, which inspired her life-long interest in the way people dress and how they look.
In 1946 Beryl married her childhood friend John, who was in the Merchant Navy. When he retired from the sea they briefly ran a pub. Their son John was born in 1950, and the following year they left to live in Southern Rhodesia. This move was to prove a turning point for Beryl. One day she picked up some paints belonging to her son and started a picture. She enjoyed it so much she could not stop. She painted on any surface she could find, scraps of wood, fire screens and most notably a breadboard, as can be seen from her famous early painting of Bowling Ladies…
British artist Kate Mawdsley's work is licensed worldwide on a huge range of products from greetings cards to kitchenware.
Her work is very versatile and commercial spanning many styles from hand painted to computer generated art. Kate has over 25 years experience in art licensing and is happy to work on commissions for specific products and themes.
Vicky Yorke is a surface pattern designer, illustrator and product developer working from her home studio in the Worcestershire countryside. Vicky's warm and appealing designs are licensed across fabric, homeware, gift and many other products sold worldwide.