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art galleries - they are
usually dismissed as
‘children’s illustration’
and therefore not
profitable or suitable,
despite the fact that
I have sold over 80
paintings in the last
few years, through
my own means. I am
hopeful that now that
the Green Gallery has
accepted my paintings
I can start to infiltrate
others. But I am really
looking forward
getting back to
making my own toys -
my sketchbooks are
found it impossible. I brimming with ideas
started painting my
own pictures in 2002,
Nelliephant being my

I have a love/hate
and notes, and I plan
to get to grips with
relationship with
pattern making
first toy painting. I had so that I can make
a couple of exhibitions, each
selling out and also took
painting...

proper stuffed
‘plushies’. I also have
on private commissions.
unrecognisable. To my frustration,
a newly acquired
But it was only in 2004 that I
even now I cannot get ‘my’ style
Gocco waiting to be played with,
started getting ‘proper’ work with
of painting accepted and I still
and a range of needle felt hair
publishers, (including Disney and
get feedback from publishers
accessories to be designed. And
Templar) and under the guidance
telling me it is too ‘sad, ’ ‘too
somewhere there is a long ‘To-Do
of various art directors I learned to
muddy’ or ‘not right for children’.
’ list...now where did I put it?
work in a brighter, more cheerful
Yet in an Alice-in-Wonderland
style People who know my
twist, I have found it impossible
other style would find it almost
to get my artworks accepted into
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