Hello! I'm Trudi. I'm an artist, illustrator and writer based near Richmond, Greater London. I'm so pleased to meet you. Please have a look around and be in touch at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!
Words and pictures
I am a professional writer. Writing (and of course, reading) is a big part of my everyday routine and creative practice. Here's a poem I wrote, and then illustrated.
Keeping a sketchbook is so important. I try to have one on me always.
A to Z
I made an A to Z of music I love. I listened to the band for each letter and made a picture directly inspired by the music. I didn't have an X, Y, or Z, so I guess it's an A to W.
I've always got a painting series on the go.
'North Star' was a series of highly decorative paintings, sold in a gift box and tied with ribbon. Several customers bought multiple paintings to hang together in groups.
'Let the Heavens Take Over'
'9 wonky urns' was a series of paintings I submitted to the Royal Academy Summer Show. Classical figures doing everyday modern activities, on Grecian urns.
I paint because I have to. It's like a happy addiction. I usually show or exhibit my current work once or twice a year. My work's always for sale - just drop me a line if you've fallen in love.
I'm always making art.
I'm always making art - cartoons, silly drawings and paintings on bits of wood. The fun stuff on the fringes. Here's a selection, including a huge 3D A-R-T I made from paper mâché for my Open Studio event in 2017. It stayed standing for the entire weekend, and then collapsed after the last guest had gone (just like me, in fact).
Bible covers I designed for St Mary's Church, Hampton.
One year, I decorated stones on holiday and left them on the beach for people to find. I received many excited emails from the finders!
Welcome to my pretty art studio!
I am so lucky to have a whole open plan loft space in which to work. It is a very inspiring space, full of light and sky and my cat Primrose, padding about and getting in the paint.
I have lots of space! It's so amazing. I alternate between the messy painting area, and the neat computer desk.
I must admit, paint gets everywhere, but I don't ever mind.
I've also got a long table thing on wheels (the joy of it!) where I pack pretty parcels for my online shop, and store tissue paper and envelopes and ribbons and washi tape. I am a stationery nerd.
There are usually sketches and drawings and ideas all over the place, too, and I always end up working on the floor at some point each day.
Each year, I make a paper cut stained glass window display for my studio window, from black paper and tissue paper. When the lights are in the studio at night, it looks wonderful from the street below.
I get more technically proficient every year - the first year it fell down a lot! It is extremely low-tech: glue, tape and paper.
It's a fun project, though somewhat dementing in scope, size and ambition. It's 2.5 metres wide! But it's always all worth it. Merry Christmas!
Open Studio events
In Summer 2017, I joined Richmond's ArtHouse Open Studio gang and opened up my studio (and kitchen!) for a weekend.
I welcomed visitors from far (some people came very far, thanks to instagram and facebook!) and wide.
We had a fun party on the opening night!
It was a wonderful event, and I talked art (and sold it) with enthusiastic new friends until my brain fell out. What a success it was.