Snowy Pheasant Illustration Anne-Marie Dahlstrom
Colourful, characterful and cheerful are the keywords I try to incorporate into all my artwork, whether they are cheeky wildlife depictions or bright colourful ‘flowerscapes’. I find natures own colour palette stuffed full of aesthetically pleasing colour combinations and find myself bursting with inspiration. I hope that my paintings carry with them a sense of this joy and happiness through which it is painted.
Formerly an interior designer and architectural draughtsman in London for many years, I swapped the hustle and bustle of city living for rural country living in South Oxfordshire 8 years ago. From what started as a few projects to keep me creatively busy at home with a very young family, Snowy Pheasant Illustration was born in 2013 to indulge my passion for painting, initially wildlife, capturing their individual charms and characters. It has since grown into something much bigger than expected, as the inspiration of living on the edge of the Cotswolds continues to come thick and fast. Now the cheery, colourful florals and ‘flowerscapes’ have emerged from the often gloomy British weather, and again there is no shortage of inspiration.
The Snowy Pheasant brand has branched out into textiles; cushions and tea towels and also fine bone china. I am always continuing to design, develop and create. New ideas pop up all the time and I find myself unable to wait until I can replicate them into new things. Everything I make has derived from the idea of wanting something unique and specific for my own home, and when I have not been able to source 'the' cushion or 'the' picture, I have just made it myself!
I take great pride in the fact that everything I make is completely painted or designed by me, and printed fairly locally in the UK. All the lovely people I use are small family run businesses which makes working with them such a pleasure. If you buy a Snowy Pheasant product, please know that you have helped to support a few little businesses for which it makes a big difference.
As well as wildlife depiction and landscapes, I also draw freehand house ‘portraits’ by commission, illustrative family trees and I paint many pet portraits. I exhibit occasionally at local art fairs and sell online. I supply local farm shops who share the same ethos, of selling produce from local craftspeople and makers.
Why the pheasant? I’ve just been drawn in by the vibrant colours and the plain sheer lunacy of them. To me they epitomise country living!
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