The gods were certainly smiling on me when I found Katherine! My son and his wife had recently bought their forever home which dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century. As a housewarming gift I decided to research the history of the occupants of the house and commission an artwork to tell its story using the material I found. I wanted the piece to be an interpretation which brought the story to life rather than a chart listing the information in date order. But would I find an artist who could understand my rather clumsy attempts to explain what I was looking for? I Googled using a variety of search terms and came across Katherine’s website. As soon as I saw her portfolio I knew I had found my artist. But would she be interested in my little project? I e-mailed straight away and had a very prompt response answering all my questions and expressing interest in the commission. From that point onwards Katherine and I were in regular contact. Although we only communicated electronically Katherine made sure she understood exactly what I was looking for. She made the process of producing the artwork very clear and checked that I was happy with the piece at every stage. She couldn’t have been easier to deal with, responded promptly, always listened to my ideas and while she made several constructive suggestions to enhance the piece made sure that it was personal and reflected my wishes. Katherine has outstanding skills as an artist and the final artwork is stunning, crammed full of lively interest. It far exceeds my expectations. My son and his wife are beyond thrilled and are entranced with the painting and its wealth of detail historic and personal. They were amazed at its architectural accuracy and could not wait to get home after Christmas to hang the work in their entrance hall for all to see on arrival. It will be loved and treasured always. Thank you Katherine from us all. I am already planning my next commission!
- Hilary, Dorset, UK
"We couldn't be happier with the hand llustrated map Katherine produced for us. As the project is multifaceted, we presented Katherine with a really complex brief and lots of different ideas that she was able to pull together into one awesome, cohesive design that really captured the tone we were aiming for.
Throughout, Katherine was really responsive to our suggestions and ideas, as well as producing solutions that really tied the project together. She was an absolute joy to work with, her vision, talent, and unwavering patience throughout the process made the whole project really enjoyable. Feedback from colleagues at the University has been hugely positive, with many noting the fun smaller elements as well as the key icons (the ducks in bowler hats are a particular crowd pleaser).
Katherine's created a beautiful centrepiece for a tool that I hope prospective students will enjoy for years to come"
- Millie Beach, Student Recruitment Co-Ordinator, University of Cambridge
"I knew I wanted to give my Mum a creative & personalised gift that celebrated her life for her 60th birthday but I had no idea how to do so. As soon as I saw Katherine’s pieces I instantly knew that they were exactly what I was looking for, and 6 months later I gave my Mum the most special present she has ever received (her words not mine!!). Working with Katherine has been brilliant and I’ve loved how collaborative the process was from start to finish, she’s always open to ideas and managed to recreate mine exactly how I envisioned them. She created the most perfect piece, portraying Mum’s life story in the most creative ways and capturing the most special moments in the smallest details. The beautiful, vibrant colours she chose really brought the piece to life, and it brings back so many fond memories every time we look at it. It was a pleasure to work with such a lovely and talented illustrator, and I will 100% recommend Katherine to anyone looking for a special gift idea for a loved one! Thank you again Katherine :)"
- Sophie Murray, Portsmouth, UK
"It was such a privilege and pleasure to work with Katherine on this commission for my dad’s retirement! My three siblings and I so appreciated her heart for collaborating on the personal stories we wanted this piece to share. Her work brought family memories to life with such energy, colour, and thoughtful attention to detail.
She gave such care to reflecting the highlights of our dad’s 33 year career building submarines - while simultaneously building a beautiful life for our family that we wanted to celebrate.
Katherine, thank you for helping us to communicate that love and gratitude! We could not more highly recommend working with you on these beautiful lifelong keepsakes."
- Marisa Moody
"The whole team was delighted with the outcome of the SOAS Gems illustrated Map project. Katherine was a joy to work with and her unique style really struck a chord with our students and professors at the University alike.
Throughout the project Katherine was excellent at communicating and consistently came up with creative solutions to our ever-evolving brief . The response to the project on social media has been astounding and we would definitely work with Katherine again on future projects"
- Jack Neenan, Marketing Manager, SOAS, University of London
"We got to know Katherine and her art at a Christmas market in Berlin. Her colorful drawings with love for detail stood out among all the other great artists. Some months later we decided to commission a personalized artwork.It was great to share our ideas with Katherine and to see how the artwork developed over the time. Even the first draft without colors was already amazing. Having such a unique piece of art feels very special and we will be always grateful that we went to the Christmas market and got to know Katherine and her incredible art.Thank you Katherine!"
- A couple from Berlin
"When I first saw the artwork that Katherine created for us, I was completely lost for words and very nearly started crying. It is a very beautiful thing, so incredibly personal, which is something at the outset I really had not envisaged.
We have it framed in our restaurant and have printed a black and white version for children to colour in at the tables, which is extremely popular!
We are absolutely thrilled - thank you so much"
Jamie Farrer, Shell Bay Restaurant Owner, Dorset, UK
"Katherine was really helpful in producing a customised artwork for my wife's Birthday incorporating all the places we have lived and loved over 45 years together. As requested I sent a lot of background info plus numerous photos and Katherine cleverly fitted all of them in, with great detail, into a compact picture, nicely framed and delivered in good time. Plenty of communication along the way and can't recommend highly enough"
- Paul Stuart
"Would definitely recommend! Had great experience collaborating with Katherine on a piece for my mums 60th birthday. Katherine took our familys ideas and really made them pop, creating a beautiful, sentimental picture that was loved by all. Thank you"
"My family and I wanted to give my grandparents something truly personal to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. We came across Katherine on Etsy and loved her illustrations- but saw that she wasn’t currently taking commissions as she was travelling. However when we reached out, Katherine was so accommodating and allowed us to ‘prebook’ for when she was back, which was so kind of her!
She went above and beyond at every interval- even sourcing a new framer who could deliver in time even with the Covid restrictions that were in place. She worked really closely with us to get a real feel for who we were as a family, and paid such attention to detail that when I saw the finished result, I was brought to tears. She’d captured everything so perfectly!
Each time I look at the picture, I find another thoughtful detail. The whole family loved it- but especially my Grandparents. I can’t recommend Katherine highly enough!"