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The painting from where it all began

Jul 20, 2020 | Stories | 0 comments

Dear Sketchbooker,
The business I run today started with just one painting. Like so many of the most important things in life, it dropped into my lap at a time when I was looking the other way; in this case working to become a fashion designer.

It was a baptismal gift I made for the christening of my niece, who was born in the wilderness of the Congo – and who I knew would share a like-minded love of African wildlife. Today, it still remains one of the pieces I am most proud of. Friends saw the present and asked if I could make versions for their children. Then a friend asked if I could create her wedding invitation. I kept saying yes to projects and pretty soon I had a waiting list and a fully operating business.

My projects often start with a chat. Iโ€™ll speak with a client about what they love and care about, which soon become the symbols and imagery expressedin my work. My art, in the end, is a way of showing someone their own world from a different perspective, one that brings new details to the foreand a smile to their faces when they see just how rich, and how wonderful, their lives really are.

Iโ€™m hoping to be able to bring more of my own fantastical worlds into your houses through my website and the boutique. I am ready to launch an array of fun, cheeky designs and products. The right details combined in a dream-like way but also staying thrillingly real to you.

Stay colourful,
xx Clementina

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