About Cathy Brear

My work is a reflection of things I like and places I have been, from the vibrant colours experienced during my travels in India and the Middle East to the shapes and patterns of my garden.

I studied illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. Since leaving I have branched out in several directions. I gained years of experience in design studios and publishing companies and then turned to a life of freelance illustration which I have found suits me very well. The many years spent working in-house have made me very versatile and I am able to adapt my style very easily to suit the needs of specific projects.

Cathy Brear

In the beginning my illustration was all traditionally produced, but by the late nineties things had changed, and although I still love to paint I prefer to work in Photoshop for commercial projects. Most of my book work is produced digitally from start to finish, but sometimes, usually for greetings cards, I combine traditional painting and digital methods.

I work from my home studio in North London. I welcome any new challenges and thrive on working to deadlines. If you feel I may be suitable for a project please contact me on +44 (0)789 9975120 or by filling in the contact form on this website.


I have been represented by Image By Design Licensing for a number of years. You can view all of work that is available for licensing on their website: www.ibd-licensing.co.uk/.

Client List

  • CICO Books
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • Ivy Press
  • Oxfam
  • Quadrille Publishing
  • Ryland Peters & Small
  • Stuck4Words

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