Hello, I'm Kath.
I’m a painter, writer, illustrator and children’s book designer.
After studying Human Sciences at The University of Oxford and Creative Media at London College of Printing, I worked for many years in children’s book publishing until motherhood drew me down a more flexible path, where I now combine my work as a freelance designer with my writing and painting.
My first book as author/illustrator, Frankie’s Foibles, was published in 2015 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
I also write short stories. My story, Hotel Room, won second place in the Frome Festival short story competition, 2015.
I paint in oils and regularly take commissions for pet portraits.
I have lived in Oxford, London and New York but have now settled in my hometown of Totnes, Devon, where I live in a boisterous household with my husband, two boys, three cats and a dog.
My book design clients include Penguin, Dorling Kindersley, Ladybird, Orchard, Templar, Scholastic, and Stripes. Please get in touch if you are interested in freelance design work. I have experience with licensed, illustrated, fiction, non-fiction and novelty titles.
I am also available for painting and illustration commissions. You can follow me on Facebook or Instagram @kathgrimshawart