I am a countryside artist based in the Scottish Borders. Working mainly in pencil, I record the details of the fields and woodlands and hedgerows around me. I aim to create calm, delicate drawings, carefully observed and full of character. I then use these drawings to create my range of charming, nature-inspired cards and stationery.
My work captures a moment in time and conveys the sense of stillness and peace that I feel when I am in the countryside. I have a very energetic dog who needs a lot of exercise so we head out and explore on a daily basis, in all weathers. I take my camera and my sketchbook and I try to look carefully at the world. I would love to think that my work inspires others to reconnect with the countryside around them, and perhaps even to have a go at drawing it themselves. You can see some of my sketchbook work on my blog.
If you are interested in stocking the paper goods in your lovely shop, please contact me.
Here’s a very short film by Kevin Greenfield Photography for the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2017. It shows me in my previous studio space and gives you an idea of what my life here in the Borders looks like.
I officially launched my business in 2011 but the story really began when I was a little girl. I grew up here in the Scottish Borders countryside and was always bringing home pebbles and caterpillars and feathers and toads to draw. My mum said I needed to live in a paper factory rather than a house because I went through so much paper for my drawings.
And then, many years later, while working in a library and drawing in all my spare time, I had the idea to combine my loves of nature, drawing and beautiful paper goods into a business. Horribly under-qualified, and without much of a plan, I quit my library job and moved back to the Borders. Once back home, I acquired the world’s worst behaved puppy which meant I had to head out walking for several hours a day to try to exhaust him. I began drawing what I’d seen on those walks and re-discovered my passion for drawing the countryside. Eight years later, I still love running my little business which is inspired by the beautiful countryside all around me.
Recent achievements include: having a drawing included in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017; being awarded runner-up Creative Business of the Year 2017 by the Scottish Borders Chambers of Commerce in their annual Business Excellence Awards; creating a range of cards which fundraise for the Borders McMillan Centre in memory of my mum.
I moved studio space last summer. The new studio is a room in the house we moved to near Melrose. The new house is in the most magical woodland. We are surrounded by bunnies, squirrels, wood pigeons, deer and owls. Most days we are shouted at by the grumpy heron on the river. We see tree creepers in the woodland and nuthatches, woodpeckers, long tailed tits, goldfinches and pheasants in the garden. There’s a nosy robin who sits on the handles of our french doors and peers into the living room. Living here, so far, has been a dream.
When I’m not drawing, my favourite things are: day trips, winter beach walks, swallows, hoop earrings, peas and letter writing. Seeing a heron makes me happy.
If you’re interested in seeing (lots) more pics of the studio, where she lives, and her work, you can follow Hannah on Instagram.
WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Hannah's kraft cards are lovely, rustic alternatives to the mostly glossy and trite card selection available in most chain stores. The images are both hauntingly melancholy and peaceful.
Wonderful art work and always great service.
Ordered 3 more when I saw it! beautifully drawn and produced. as has been everything from her I have ordered.
Stunning - so life like. Bought as a Christmas present and was very well received. Would certainly recommend to other customers