I'm Rachel Oldfield an illustrator based in the UK. I have been working as a freelance illustrator since graduating from Brighton University with a degree in illustration..many moons ago. My work covers a wide range of formats within the illustration industry including multiple children's books. I also teach illustration to university students which I love.
My interest in children's illustration began during my travels in India after University. I embarked on a six week mural project there in a school in Tamil Nadu, which gave me such joy seeing the children's faces when they discovered each new mural in their classrooms. My three sons have been helpful art critiques for my work. Reading so many pictures books to them over the years has given me insight into what engages and delights children within a picture book.
Since completing a masters in illustration my work has taken a different route looking at new inspiring ways to inform my drawings. I can often be found along the English coastline taking hundreds of close up photographs in nature which gives me all sorts of wonderful textures and shapes as starting points for my illustrations.
I also studied Shamanic healing for three years which often inspires my work, connecting nature with the unseen world in my illustrations.