Since Deidre’s watercolors got me right where I live, I had to find
out more about her work. A fashion design major from Toronto, Canada,
Deidre was unhappily working as a pattern drafter when she decided to
follow her passion for illustration.
She’s an ardent animal lover living with two dogs and two cats who
happily keep her company and provide endless inspiration for her
drawings. I love the blend of realistic animals + whimsy + humor. Each
of her paintings tells a story and you just can’t help but smile when
you see them.
Inspirations and influences:
Well I’ve always loved Tasha Tudor and Sara Midda. I love illustration
in general, more so than fine art if I’m honest, so I’m constantly being
inspired by great illustration of all types. Oh and I really love
Canadian cartoonist Seth.
Three significant milestones in your career:
#1: Opening my store on Etsy in April 2010. Before that I’d never sold
my work so I had no idea if anyone would even buy my paintings. It was
#2: Showing my work at the One of a Kind Christmas Show last November.
This was the first time I actually met and talked to my customers in
person. It was a great experience.
#3: Finishing my very first set of illustrations for a children’s book. A
steep learning curve but now I’m hooked on the process.
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