I’m Ella Johnston, an artist and illustrator, editor, writer and stylist. I launched my art and illustration brand in 2012 but in reality I have been drawing everyday since I could hold a pen – it’s so much more than a business for me, it’s who I am.
As an artist I examine wild flora and fauna, birds, plus plants that humans like to nurture. My work explores the personal bonds we build through our encounters with the natural world.
I’m inspired by Japanese ink drawing and print making, botanical and avian illustrative prints of the 19th Century and Regency portraiture. My stark, bare background invites the spectator to scrutinise, de-construct and interact with the central subject; evoking a sense of investigation while highlighting the fragility of nature under threat.
I’m also one half of a small independent publishing company, Dunlin Press where I drive the design of the books and the brand as a whole.
Away from the art I also have a background in commercial creative content. During my career I’ve edited Homemaker, Let’s Get Crafting and Papercrafter magazines, as well as the M&S Home catalogues and Restaurant magazine. As a creative content specialist I have built relationships and worked with brands such as uni-ball, Marks & Spencer, British Gas, Cass Arts, Cath Kidston and Boots .
My illustrations have featured in The Guardian, Boots Health and Beauty, Firewords art and literature magazine, Jamie Cullum’s The Eighty-Eight, Crafts Beautiful, Homemaker and more.
Check out my commercial portfolio here
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