Sunny Side Art

Story

About us

photograph © Richard Hammerton

Sunny Side Art is the creation of Linda Edwards and Nigel Elliott.

Linda has been an artist since she could first hold a pencil and an illustrator for over twenty years; her colours and details are guaranteed to lift the spirits. Born in Africa and returning there later to live for some years, Linda grew up in the North east of England. She studied as a geographer and has no formal art training. Linda has exhibited at the Royal Academy and continues to practice as a painter in oils and watercolour. She has illustrated many books for Usborne Publishing, among them the best selling Usborne Children's Bible and Children's Picture Atlas. Goebel in Germany licensed her designs for Paradise Garden, an enamel tea pot and porcelain figurine collection. She was known there as 'The Elephant Lady'! Other clients include Churchill China, Ulster Weavers and Clare Maddicott. Through the years, Linda has created more greetings card designs than she can count!

Nigel is a professional musician, fledgling printmaker and animator. He began his musical career in the London blues scene with The Cobras and Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves and worked extensively as a session musician before touring worldwide with the likes of Toyah and Spike Milligan. Nigel later settled in America where he continued working as a musician as well as running a recording studio and working as a freelance sound mixer for independent film company North by Northwest.

Sunny Side Art: the beginning

We live in Shrewsbury, a lovely town on the Welsh borders, one of Britain's best kept secrets. A place where people love to live. A few years ago, for one of our Open Studio events, Linda made a drawing weaving together Shrewsbury's odd, interesting buildings and even odder street names. She linked it with one of her favourite old songs; Life can be so sweet on the sunny side of the street. It struck a chord. This was the start.

This is part of the very first Sunny Side of the Street drawing that Linda made.

photograph © Richard Hammerton

Open Studios events in summer and in winter.

and now

Exploring a sense of place. We have both lived and worked in many different places all over the world. It has always fascinated us how places and spaces work. Making new drawings is a perfect excuse to revisit old haunts, and explore new ones. To wander around secret passageways and hidden corners, delve into history, connections and stories, both real and imagined.

life can be so sweet

We are busy visiting places near and far that have special resonance for us, sometimes in Nigel's trusty 1962 Rover 100. We are learning about new products; hand colouring, finishing and different kinds of printmaking. Exploring new ways to tell the story.

Thank you for reading and we hope you'll stay in touch.

photograph © Richard Hammerton
Life can be so sweet
 
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