Hello! My name is Kara and I am a freelance illustrator, live portrait artist and facilitator of creative workshops based in Essex, UK.
What I do
Well...lots of things! It always starts with checking my diary to put on the right hat for the day: illustrator, live portrait artist, or social entrepreneur (a teacher of sorts). I adore all three hats and am lucky that they all suit me!
As an illustrator I create commissioned artwork and make illustrated goodies to sell in my online shop. I'm inspired by people and animals mostly, and the routines and details of everyday life.
As a live portrait artist I go to events and draw or paint people's portraits. They make for a totally personal souvenir and if you're lucky enough to be sat opposite me on a train, you might get a free one as that's my favourite place to practice!
In my third role, I tutor young people and run my social enterprise: Creative Generations. With this project I connect schools with residential homes for older people, and then lead creative workshops designed to encourage conversation and connection between the older and younger participants. These interactions are magical - they can reduce loneliness whilst also improving wellbeing, confidence, empathy and social and creative skills. I'm really passionate about connecting communities, so if you would like to hear more or have me bring a workshop to you, contact me!
In 2016 I graduated with a first-class degree in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. In my final year of the course I designed a community space where different generations could go to learn skills from one another, and I adored illustrating it all. I wasn't aware of it at the time, but now I see that as when I discovered my passions of illustration and connecting people through creativity.
Outside of my work...
I run, watch live music, read and travel as much as I can. Some other things that make me really happy are animals, vegan cakes and meeting people.
To talk about commissions, live portraits, workshops or anything else, just get in touch!