Fay Martin Wildlife Illustrator
Wildlife Illustrator, Fay Martin, has always had a love of the planet's flora and fauna. Growing up in the Gloucestershire countryside very close to the banks of the River Severn and the Wetlands at Slimbridge, her fascination of waterbirds, farm animals and other creatures began at a very early age.
At the age of 25 Fay was struggling to manage work due to the complications of living with chronic illness. But not one to rest on her laurels, Fay decided to create a role for herself utilising her BA Honours degree in Illustration from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. She completed The Prince's Trust Business Enterprise Programme and in 2009 founded her Illustration Studio with help from one-to-one mentor and a start-up loan to develop a business plan and launch her greeting card company, Fay’s Studio.
Fay started out locally, trudging the streets of Gloucestershire and Bristol with her little sales trolley in tow. The business went from strength to strength and Fay's Studio took the brave leap into trade fairs at Progressive Greetings Live London in 2010.
Over the past 13 years, Fay has worked with dream clients on many special orders and bespoke commissions. Her first milestone came just 3 months after launch when Paperchase placed their first order. Fay never could have imagined that she would one day see her illustrations on the shelves of so many well known retailers in the UK and overseas, and find herself quite so busy and fortunate to love a job which she created out of a very challenging time. Fay has been a proud supplier to English Heritage, The National Trust, The Royal Horticultural Society, Fortnum & Mason and Highgrove and her cards are stocked from the west coast of America to the east coast of Australia!
Fay now lives in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where she is totally immersed in her love for wildlife and pointillist illustration. Her ambition is to capture the beauty of nature in her unique style. Fay only uses paper and board which comes from sustainable sources or those which are already recycled or recyclable. Fay would like her cards to be collectable pieces of art, framed in the home or to make their way back into recycled products.