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Claire Keay

Claire Keay illustrator

Hello! I have worked for many year's as a children's book illustrator and Sherbet Lane has become a fun new way for me to use my illustrations!

I live in Rayleigh, an ancient market town in Essex in the UK, working from my little studio at home. When not painting or drawing you can find me pottering about in my garden, shouting from my seat at the Emirates Stadium or singing away with my local community choir Funky Voices.

I haven't always worked as an illustrator, I had lots of different jobs over the years such as insurance clerk, nursery nurse, sports club group leader...but I always kept art as a very much loved hobby. When my two boys were little I was a stay at home mum and with pennies being very tight I started to make handmade cards to earn a little bit of extra cash.

A local shop started selling them for me, I tried selling some paintings on Ebay and then took a leap of faith by contacting a London illustrating agency with a few samples and was surprised to find I suddenly had a brand new career!


Claire Keay illustratorI have illustrated numerous books for clients both in the UK and America, you could have a look at my illustration website to see some examples of my work. I love illustrating books for my clients but Sherbet Lane has given me a new freedom to use my own ideas for illustrations and I'm having so much fun coming up with new designs and ideas for the shop.

Keep in touch with me on social media (links all in the footer of this website below - come and say hello!) and if you sign up to the Sherbet Lane newsletter I'll keep you updated about what I am up to :)

Claire xx