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About Me...

Born in Birmingham in 1968, I have been lucky from the start to have travelled all over Britain. As a child I could lose myself drawing in great detail and also began a passion for maps. I gained a BTEC in Graphic Design at Sutton Coldfield College in 1986. Working as a designer and artworker for small firms, originally with paste-up and pens, in 1992 I began 17 years with local company Creative Insight and started using the AppleMac. At home, I took up acrylics and tried for the RA Summer Exhibition a few times. I had also played around with illustrating on the computer, designing buildings and doing album artwork for my private passion of making music. This illustration of Bournemouth flats (below) was done in 1997 and this gradually became my chief artistic pastime. Though my own style, I am a fan of the paintings of the golden age of travel posters from the 20s-60s and the clean, bright approach of artists such as Frank Newbould.


Longsummer is just me. I've used the name for some time because, like the illustrations, it conjures up clear sunny memories of beautiful places; and it can be a good name for many things. In 2009, I decided to live my dream of moving to Bournemouth and started up Longsummer as a business. I started selling at Lymington market in 2011.

at work

Indian Series Donations
Donation goes to provide for poor, disabled and destitute children of India through Gwalior Childrens Charity (Help Children of India) and Snehalaya in India. Details on:

2017 Total £23.55 GCC received (with Big Give): £50.00
Total collected: £174.75
Total received nby charity (inc Big Give Weeks): £346.25


Donation made from sales of Christmas card.
Total £51.00

Hospitals are supplied with around 7,000 units of blood every day. In order to continue to meet that demand, NHS Blood must recruit nearly 200,000 new donors every year. Each unit of blood donated is split into its constituent parts, and can save up to three lives. If you want to find out more and would like to donate go to:


The illustration process...

Originally in Macromedia Freehand, I now use Adobe Illustrator on the Mac. A typical illustration takes about 30 hours (the Taj Mahal was about this time).
Because they can be altered, some bulk printed postcards differ to their current prints. For example, I updated the balloon in Lower Gardens when its design changed.


I'm always on the lookout for good subjects, if not actually on a planned trip. I'll take plenty of pictures.


I create an editable palette of minimal and bright colours. With my adjusted photos on a base layer, I build up the illustration over a few layers, drawing point by point with the mouse..


National Trust Working Holidays <

I have been on nearly 20 of these volunteer holidays since 2002. Fencing, path work, cider making, dry stone walling etc. Plus great days off. Meet new people, help the Trust with various site work, eat well, feel fitter!
Wonderful experiences, beautiful places.

cider post wall steps


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