My name is Laura Wall and I am an artist and illustrator living beside the sea in Devon with my partner Dave and rather mischievous dog Roxy. If I’m not painting or writing stories about Geese then you can normally find me bimbling along the beach and rock pools of Teignmouth or perusing the picture book section in book shops.
I’m mostly known down here in the Southwest for my murals and art series ‘Love at the Seaside‘ The seaside themes originated around the coast of Devon and Cornwall and is a story about a romantic couple and their dogs. However this series has now travelled to other parts of Britain and has taken the ferry to France! The style is quirky and people look out for characters that have sneaked into the paintings. If you look closely you will see Goose in some of them!
Goose is a character who was born about five years ago and whose main purpose was to get me a good grade in my final year at university. Required to write and illustrate a children’s book for my dissertation I was some what worried as to how to approach this. As a very detailed illustrator I got over zealous and complicated with my ideas and only when I saw my mentor declared that I really didn’t know how to approach such a task. It was his words that stay with me now and that was simply to ‘draw the first thing that comes into your head, don’t over think it and see what happens’. The first thing that came into my head was a Goose. A rather silly one with a big nose. I’m not sure what I watched or ate that day but now five years on Goose is reaching production with a four part book series and merchandise to boot.
The book got me a first degree and now one of the things I can’t wait to do is post the published Goose books to my lecturers who graded it – I think they will get a shock!
It took some time for me to show my dissertation of ‘Goose’ to publishers, I think I needed to be in the right place in my life – by the time I showed this to Award Publications at the London Book Fair I had given up my day job to be an illustrator and painter and so I was more confident than when I was a graduate fresh out of University – it was important to me that Goose was noticed – I was and still am very passionate about Goose and I think it came across.
Thinking about it now I would definitely say the style of Goose is influenced by characters that I was inspired by as a child such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown – I would draw sketch book’s full of Snoopy’s – I loved him! Tom and Jerry were another favourite along with Dr Suess and stories by Shirley Hughes. I think even Mum in ‘Goose’ is influenced by my own – I remember I could always hear her shoes before I saw her which I thought were magnificent and always brightly coloured.
Goose is released as a series of four books in June, titles include ‘Goose Goes to School’, ‘Happy Birthday Goose’ and my personal favourite ‘Goose at the Zoo’. As well as the books fine art prints have been made by Haddon Fine Art, also cards, gift wrap, calendars and children’s party invitations and goody bags are also in production by Cards For Art’s Sake. Other merchandise will also be available and is currently in discussion.
I hope you enjoy reading my stories!
I hope you enjoy looking around my site, for more info about me or my work please email me at email@example.comA Quick bio
Born 1985, Gravesend Kent 1996 – 2001 Attended St John’s Comprehensive, Gravesend where I was encouraged to take my art GCSE a year early 2001 moved to Devon with my parents and completed 5 A levels at St Austel College
2003 Offered a scholarship for Aberystwyth University of Wales in Fine Art 2006 Graduated from Aber Uni with a 1st 2006- Dec 2009 Worked as a runner at a television company in Plymouth and later became an assistant editor Jan 2010 Decided to become a full time artist and created the series ‘Love at the Seaside’ Work can be found in the following galleries:
Haddon Gallery Torquay
The Terrace Tavistock The Arts Gallery Okehampton White Sails Dartmouth Knights Gallery Paignton
Fine Art Gallery Newquay
Blue Indigo Teignmouth
Sullys Framing Ltd, Penryn, Falmouth Toe In the Water Gallery, Fowey Island Gallery, St Ives (originals and prints)
Echo Beach Gifts, St Ives (cards and prints)
Secrets gallery, Port Isaac Riverside Gallery, West Looe Square Gallery St Mawes Gina’s Studio, Polperro Galerie D’Art, Windermere Porthmadog Gallery, Wales Paprika Wellington Karensa Fine Art Padstow La Grande Gallerie Civray France