Andréa Prior
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How it all began

I have been passionate about art and writing from a young age and had the unique opportunity to grow up in a safari park where I worked as Ranger in ‘Pet’s Corner’, looking after llamas, monkeys, pot-bellied pigs and a lion cub!

Following my passion for illustration I went on to graduate from Leeds University and spent many years working as an illustrator and Artists Agent in children’s publishing. I then had a very successful career in the branding and design industry at managing director level.

And now? Well, I am completely focused on illustrating, painting and writing whilst living between the South Downs of England and the South West of Spain with my husband John who is always encouraging me to ‘Get on with it!’. When I’m not getting busy with my crayons, I love nothing more than playing my piano and sitting in the sunshine with a good book and sun hat.

My Studio

My work is mainly created in my studio in the Spanish hills because when I’m in the UK I am usually very busy promoting my books, touring schools and doing signing events.

My studio is where all my writing and character creations come from and you can see some of my favourite photographs below. I always do 2 or 3 sketches before I get the characters right and then I usually do a test painting to make sure I’m happy with the colours. My sketches are created in coloured pencil and my finished illustrations are hand painted in watercolour and sometimes I use a touch of gouache.

I just love my studio, feeling part of this wonderful Spanish landscape is truly inspirational.

 

My Chosen Charity

The Rainbow Trust are my chosen charity partner and when you purchase a limited edition print or original artwork from my website you will also be supporting families with a seriously ill child as 10% of all proceeds go to the charity.