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About : Kate Davies - Artist and Illustrator based in Bath, Somerset

I am an illustrator of many years, mostly working in Childrens Books.  I have also illustrated jigsaw puzzles, educational projects and magazine covers and articles. I studied at Bath Academy of Art.

Now I mostly illustrate my own ideas, chiefly being scenes in and around the City of Bath and various Wiltshire villages, including lovely Colerne, populated with little anthropomorphic characters - in Bath, for instance, I have created The Bath Bunns -  rabbit characters who live in or visit the fair city, named after the patisserie made famous here..  I also paint 'straightforward' watercolours.

My pictures are infused with a gentle humour, and often a play on words in the title. In my village many of the characters are based on real people! My husband and little dog regularly appear in my illustrations, and I join them too with my Red Shoes!

I work in watercolour with a little pencil detail. I use photos I have taken as my reference point, and introduce my characters into them.

I like to listen to Radio 4 Extra, Terry Pratchett Audio CDs, and comedy audio such as 'Bleak Expectations', and 'Cabin Pressure', while I work, and Test Match Special when it's on.

My interests are playing guitar and singing, playing piano (badly), playing violin (even worse), gardening (I have a productive allotment garden), dancing,  Church and the Pub  -  not necessarily in that order!



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