Renowned award winning international artist Mike Payne is best known as the creator of ranges and concepts of hugely successful characters and licensed merchandise known across the world.
Biography: After 26 years in the civil service, Mike Payne broke free and became a renowned international award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. Mike is now one of the UK's leading and most respected experts in the world of commercial humour, greeting card design, illustrative art, books and gift concept development. Images and creations from the many characters he has created have an immediate and instinctive appeal, and it is estimated that greetings cards featuring his creations have sold in excess of ten hundred million worldwide.
Mike was asked to create a bear with a great depth of feeling for the then newly formed company Carte Blanche in 1987, and working under his pen name of "Miranda", Mike created a phenomenon.
Mike's 'Tatty Teddy' character for the 'Me to You' concept (the charcoal bear with the blue nose), together with other unique creations, have won numerous awards in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, the UK. Mike has travelled the world doing many "signings" and after seventeen years of drawing the teddy bear, in 2004, decided the time was right to move on to pastures new.
Since parting from Carte Blanche, Mike has been working on many new and exciting concepts such as "Charlie's Ark" for global children's tv, "Dung & Dusted" - The adventures of Dave the Dung-beetle and "BEAR!" another children's tv concept and his latest creation which has charmed thousands on Facebook "Little Else". Mike is enjoying tremendously working with Otter House in creating many concepts with animal themes such as greeting cards, calendars and jigsaw puzzles.
A lecturer at schools and colleges, with many TV appearances to his name and a passion for professional acting, Mike is a sought after and original public speaker. His time as Sky News cartoonist in 1998 and 1999 was the perfect environment to entertain and promote the art of cartooning, for which he is globally renowned.
Tommy Doggy cards are created by rescue dog Tommy who was re-homed by the Dogs Trust to new owners Helen and Carl Barton. In his day to day life of sleeping, eating and chasing balls he came up with a range of greeting card designs. He says 'It was so easy and I'm told I'm a natural inspiration'
Claire Roberston helped illustrate the ideas and she says .. 'Tommy Doggy has been a pleasure to work with. His work ethic is all about play, food and celebration so makes a great companion for greeting card development. As he's been through a lot in his life and he has some good experiences to get creative ideas from'
Pollyanna Pickering is one of Europes leading wildlife artists. She studied at the London Central School of Art and her critically acclaimed works sell in over eighty countries worldwide. Pollyanna prides herself in producing paintings of beautiful quality and exquisite detail showcasing wild animals in their natural habitats.
Pollyanna is also a campaigner for the preservation of the worlds most endangered species. She has received over 30 international awards including an honorary degree - recognizing her achievements in both conservation and artistic excellence.
Chrissie Snelling is a highly acclaimed artist whos great love of animals and in particular cats are the underpinning of her work. Inspiration from colour and form from the natural environment are the basis of the textures and patterns that she uses.
Chrissie studied Visual Art at University College of Wales in Aberystwyth and to date her career has seen her produce exclusive ranges of calendars, greeting cards and giftware.
Steven McLoughlin is a self-taught artist from Derbyshire. Steven started his career in pencil portraits in 1989, aged 19. In his career spanning more than 10 years his preferred mediums are now pastels and a light application of oils capturing light and mood.
He has exhibited at a number of prestigious dog shows including The Mall Gallery London and Sporting Art Auction.
Howard Robinson is recognised worldwide for his fascination, travel and research into the protection and breeding of animals, including rare birds and poison arrow frogs some of which he has in his own personal rainforest in his home in Durham.
Through his trips as far afield as Africa, Howard returns home brimming with inspiration to create new paintings detailing the wondrous animals he has observed.
John Silver is an artist trained in the techniques of the old masters and stays true to tradition and the skill of oil based painting styles. Originally trained as a photographic re-toucher, Johns education is in Graphic Art.
Since 1990 John has been in his own studio working as a full-time painter and has had the honour of doing various commissions including one for Prince Michael of Kent. He now lives and works in Shropshire.
Caroline Cook specialises in equestrian artwork and has been selling her paintings since the young age of 15. As a self taught artist, she studies the physical form and movements of nimals and paints them both in action and in poses of tranquillity. Using acrylics, Caroline is able to capture mood, motion, light and energy. Her artwork has been featured on greeting cards and fine art prints.
Warren Photographic Limited
Warren Photographic Limited is a family run business that successfully combines the artistic flare of Jane Burton, Kim Taylor, and Mark Taylor. They are successful nature photographers and leaders in the genre of animal photography, who are best known for photos depicting animal behaviours. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of domestic pets and wildlife, they produce stunning photography which is used on greetings cards and giftware across the world.
Jane Jinkerson is a professional photographer that specialises in kittens. Jane studied Graphic Design at art college and has worked in various studios across the U.K. and Ireland. Jane started her photography career 19 years ago, supplying images of cats and dogs to calendar publishers. To date, Janes artwork has been used not only on calendars, but also diaries, greetings cards and on giftware items. Jane lives in Norfolk with her husband and beloved cat, Monty.
We also feature art & photgraphy by:
Debbie Cook Martin Fry James Guilliam Bob Langrish Anne Mortimer Jan Pashley Brian Rushton Rich Skipworth Nigel Artingstall Art Marketing The Otter House design studio team! Richard Telford Sarah Summers Paul Atchinson Leslie Stones