Welcome to my illustration website!

I'm a freelance artist and illustrator living in Shropshire. I take commissions public and private, and work towards exhibitions, illustration and book-art fairs and my Etsy shop. I like to draw from life so you might find me perched somewhere around the county making illustrated maps.

I studied Fine Art (painting) at WSCAD now you might know it as UCA,  graduating in '88 and have worked as an artist, at first as a painter and then increasingly in illustration.

 I experiment with a range of media but mainly use dip-pen and ink and digital media.

Having completed a PCGE in Further Education alongside my illustration, I teach workshops for adults and give talks on my illustration.

See below for the latest news!

Presentation of the Age uk 'bonadsmålning’ an egg tempera painting made by the ladies from Alveley and me, from their amazing memories!

The Age uk part of the Arts Council egg tempera project ( see below) has been featured in the Shropshire Star and will be on Radio Shropshire very soon ( it was recorded 25.9.23)

At the beginning of the year I was received an arts council award in 'develop your creative practice'

I looked at egg tempera through two lens, that of the traditional painting on gesso board and that of the Swedish Bonadsmålning, a traditional folk art.

Using a limited palette of earth colours plus indigo, I created paintings based on my locality

A Swedish folk art type painting about our local Wenlock Edge, referencing the folklore of the area.

The famous Clun bridge

As part of my arts council project I worked with an older group of ladies to create a piece of work to capture their memories.

In December 2021, I won the prestigious Michael Marks Illustration award with my work in the poetry pamphlet  'Fan-peckled’ 

Have a look here https://michaelmarks

Cover of the illustrated Fan-peckled

Illustration for 'Barley child'


All works Copyright Katy Alston 2023