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About Fiona Willis

Fi WillisI trained as a pediatric nurse years ago but I have always been a tremendous doodler, making patterns on or around the margins of any piece of paper, mainly to keep me focused. When I started drawing in a less abstract way, I realised that some of the pictures had been swirling around in my head since I was a young girl.

I grew up in South Devon on the coast. I spent hours looking under stones for little crabs or treasure on the tideline. We had a big garden and I loved to hide in my den or climb trees, I collected snails and germinated seeds. I now realise that these activities have greatly influenced my drawings.

In the 60s and 70s my mother was a draughtswoman and used Rotring pens to draw the fine detail. They often clogged and flooded and I was given the ones that were particularly troublesome. I use those pens now and they enable me to get the fine detail on my pictures. They're still troublesome and I still have to spend a long time cleaning them and shaking the ink down to the nib.

Although I now live in the great city of Bristol and my children are much older, I still get so much pleasure from finding a cowrie, rolled glass or beautiful stone on the tideline, somewhere. Gig rowing introduced me to the Iles of Scilly and has helped me to keep the all-important connection to the sea and the South West.

I use watercolour, pen and ink, crayon and, more recently, collage and linocut. My originals are profesionally reproduced on watercolour paper as limited edition giclee prints. I have also had some images reproduced as greetings cards, tea towels and as unlimited prints available in small frames.

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Needless to say, all artwork on this site is copyright Fiona Willis and may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission. I am a member of The Association of Illustrators

Fiona Willis

The Association of Illustrators