Commission; African themed painting

I paint, print and draw a lot, but time passes and much more often than not I have not shared anything on here. I am hoping to address this with some new posts of my ‘secret’ commissions.

First up is a lovely commission I did for a couple called Matthew and Joanna. They contacted me when they had spotted my painting; ‘Enjoying the Warmth’ on my website.

enjoying the warmth(1)

They wanted a painting similar to this but to include background images that had resonance for them. They had spent a lot of time in Africa and wanted this to be the theme of the painting. They asked me to include baobab trees (amazing and strange shaped trees) that would remind them of their marriage ceremony; as they exchanged vows under a tree. They slept under the stars, so I drew those. They spent six months living on a sailing boat so I included a dhow boat as a symbol of that.

joanna commission

The sketchy images in the background included all of these things, (although not shown so well on my image) and it was a great commission for me to do.

Wedding Commission: Anita and Matt

Anita and Matt contacted me when they wanted me to make their wedding stationery based on their name “Parrott”. The colour scheme of their wedding was a palette of mauves, lilacs and greens, based on the brides shoes. I initially drew a sketch of two parrots and this became the motif for the invites, thank you cards, place cards, bunting and even featured on the brides hat.


Thank you cards.




Mr and Mrs bunting.


I hand drew the parrot and the feather motif, added text and screen printed the stationery. I used up to five colours on the stationery which coupled with the use of thick watercolour paper, gave it a luxurious feel. I also hand printed envelopes for the invites.


The happy couple!

Doing this project made me realise how suited my art work was to wedding stationery and how much I loved making it. Anita and Matt were a dream to work with and gave me a chance to produce a range that was bespoke and special.