Alex's cute character images are ideal for animals lovers.
Coaster size 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") with laminated top and cork backing
Born in Shotley Bridge, County Durham in 1974, Alex has never flown far from her family nest and is a proud resident of the Northeast. Wey Aye Man .. Although close to the urban sprawl of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the quiet Derwent countryside was always far enough away for her to feel like part of an altogether different kind of lifestyle.
Best known for her sympathetic, quirky and unique depiction of dogs, cats, birds and farm animals you don't have to cast your gaze far to see where her inspirations came from. The verdant, rolling fields and hills stretching into the horizon are populated by sheep, cows, horses and birds including the recently reintroduced red kite.
Alex was brought up with Labradors, they are a part of the family. "Sally was my parents' first labrador, after that came Judy then Missy and Purdy, four crazy Labradors and me, I think it was fair to say my mum had a bit of a reputation (The labrador lady). She would walk me in my pram with four dogs alongside, I'd like to think they were always behaving themselves but somehow I doubt it. There have always been dogs at home, I honestly can't imagine a life without one. One of my earliest memories as a three year old was sitting in my snowsuit amongst a litter of puppies, our labrador Missy had given birth to. I would just sit there and let them run around me."
Alex's love for dogs is easy to understand but she has always been inspired by the natural world around her. She has a great passion for British wildlife, especially birds. She has a good working knowledge of garden birds, seabirds, gamebirds and birds of prey and makes it her duty to feed the birds at least once a day. "I worry about the birds not getting enough food in winter, I have always fed them and it doesn't take a lot of time out of my day to do my bit. You don't see many sparrows around here anymore do you? I can't remember the last time I saw a greenfinch, things are changing .. it's sad."
Of course, its Alex's extrodinary talent as an artist and designer that has brought her to national and international prominence over the years.