Demelsa Haughton is a painter of whimsical and magical imagery.
From the bright setting of a tiny ladybird village (complete with corner shop) to the gloomy darkness of a forest filled with gnarly trees that were once children… her work creates a sense of wonder and gives a snapshot of imaginary worlds and characters, often with an injection of quirky, subtle humour.
With a lifelong love of traditional stories, and anything magical or supernatural, she is influenced by stories far removed from real life and endeavours to capture this in her paintings.
An early memory that perhaps influenced this was being convinced she had seen a two headed llama at a zoo visit. Embarrassingly, she continued to believe this until well into her teens. It was a sad, sad day when reality became real.
She loves to create a sense of possibility in her work, and hopes that the viewer can imagine themselves walking through a forest one day, where they might be lucky enough to stumble upon a cat enjoying a nice cup of tea, meeting a giraffe that will take them on a ride through the clouds over some springy macaron trees, or seeing a two headed llama…
Spending much of her 20s painting with traditional methods, she was introduced to the basics of Abobe whilst acheiving a 1st class BA (honours) in Fashion Design and Production.
She now paints all of her art in Photoshop on a Cintiq (a Cintiq is a graphics tablet and you use a digital pen to draw directly on the screen). She starts with a pencil sketch and then scans this to continue working on digitally.
As all her work is digital there is no ‘original’ as such, but the freedom to be more experimental with composition and colours without the fear of ruining a painting is a great bonus, as is the ability to easily create prints and cards of her work without the need for additional scanning or photography.
As well as producing prints and cards, Demelsa also illustrates children’s books, most recently a retelling of six Hans Christian Andersen fairytales for a French publisher, and she is currently working on several jigsaw designs for Ravensburger (get in an orderly queue for one of Demelsa’s jigsaws as they are obviously going to be popular!).
Demelsa lives in North Yorkshire (UK) with her partner and their 3 children.
We are absolutely delighted to have met Demelsa earlier this year and get drawn in to her magical world. Her prints and cards are now available from us in Heart Gallery. You can also follow her on Instagram too for more whimsical postings x