I am a French illustrator living in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
I initially pursued a career in the fashion industry in Paris but somehow ended up in the Irish countryside, with my husband and a flock of 4 children and 6 pets.
Specialising in children’s books, my stylistic flexibility allows me to work for a wide range of clients. I also sell paintings in fairs around the country and work on commission.
When I started experimenting with oil pastels and ink washes and acquired a graphic tablet, these two very different approaches to art became the foundation of my work, along with a strong pencil drawing skill. I explore them simultaneously and sometimes bring them together through the subjects I choose to illustrate.
The lush Irish countryside inspires my work, as well as folklore from all cultures, fairy tales and vintage imagery. My universe is colourful and narrative, often praised as graceful and poetic.
My first picture book “Reindeer down!” was released in 2019, written by Natasha Mac a’Bháird and published by The O’Brien Press.
Other clients also include Oxford University Press, Clubhouse Junior Magazine, Kilkenny County Council…
I am a founding member of The Puddle Jump Collective and a proud member of Illustrators Ireland and the Association of Illustrators.
Currently available for:
- Children’s books and magazines
- Editorial and commercial illustration
- Merchandising and greeting cards
- Original paintings and digital illustrations
© Audrey Dowling 2017 – No material may be copied or reproduced without prior permission