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Date published: 31st July 2018

Local artist Carole Wilshaw is the latest to see her work put on display at North Norfolk District Council’s public art gallery.

The exhibition is called Mostly Just Animals, and the work includes pictures from her children’s books – Come Back on Saturday, and Animal Skip and Jump Rhymes.

“For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by illustrations, especially those depicting animal characters,” said Carole, who hopes to use her retirement to spend more time on art and craft hobbies, including writing and illustrating stories for children.

“At primary school. I remember discovering the storybook character Babar the Elephant. As well as the character, it was the linework and colour that appealed.”

Retaining an interest in education, creative writing and illustration, Carole wrote stories and poems for her own children when they were young.

“Ideas for characters often originate from a conversation, or maybe just a thought for the title of a story, which I then expand and develop into pictures,” she added.

Carole works with Designers Gouache, a water-based paint. She also uses colour pencils for outlines and shading, working over areas of the gouache.

She has been a visitor to Norfolk for the past 30 years, and recently moved here following a career that has seen her train in graphic design, and work for a dress-making pattern company and as a designer for the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

More recently, she has worked in further education as a tutor, community development worker and mentor, and has taught calligraphy, illustration and textiles to children, sixth-formers and adults.

The exhibition will run until September 7 at the NNDC offices gallery in Holt Road, Cromer.

The 1st Floor Gallery is open to the public 8.30am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am-5pm on Wednesdays; and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

NNDC seeks to offer free opportunities to local artists to display their work in the well-lit gallery, and in turn provides staff and visitors to the building the opportunity to see a variety of artists’ work. Six exhibitions are held annually.

To find out more about Carole’s work or to buy one of her children’s books, call 07402 959613, email, visit her website Kalligrafik or search for “Kalligrafik” on Facebook.

Last updated: 23rd September 2020