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Today’s artist is Catherine Rayner. I admire her wonderful painterly style and how her animal characters are such individuals.

Her bio from her website:

Award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband, young son and a handful of creatures: Shannon the horse, Ena the grey cat and a goldfish called Richard.

She finds huge inspiration in her pets and often uses them as models, frequently asking Ena to pose so that she can study her posture and movement. Then she translates sketches of Ena into characters such as dragons and hares, not to mention moose and bears! But it was creatures of a wilder kind that inspired her first picture book, Augustus and His Smile – Catherine spent hours and hours watching and sketching tigers (in freezing temperatures) at Edinburgh Zoo.



This tabby kitten is just adorable

catherine rayner fox

And this divine fox is one of her newest pieces of artwork and is available as a screen print.


Go to her website and check out the offerings

  • picture books
  • greeting cards
  • prints for framing
Advent Challenge 12 – Catherine Rayner
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