If you have children, chances are you have several Anna Walker books in your home. Filled with whimsical illustrations and lovable characters, her books are keepsakes worthy of display when not being read.
Subtle colours, approachable, pink cheeked faces and endearing story lines make them some of our favourites. In fact, as soon as I knew my young Pippi was a girl, I bought the first copy of 'Birthday Surprise' I could get my hands on. Peachy pink and filled with love, it's a story we treasure to this day.
As we approach the birth of another baby at The Beetle Shack, I'm incredibly honoured to feature Anna's work in my header. A reading girl and her bunny friend - a joy filled face brimming with contentment.
I asked Anna some quick questions which you can read below- I was speechless at the beauty of her responses, in fact- this hormonal pregnant woman actually shed a tear or two... or three.
AW -Looking at picture books when I was little inspired me to be an illustrator. My mum was a librarian, which I imagine had a big influence on my love of books before I could even speak!
AW - Colours are transient things in my mind and attached to the light and moment. My favourite time of the year is winter because of the beautiful soft greys and greens. The cloudy, gentle colour of rain and deep puddle colours come to mind when I think of my favourite colours today.
AW - I think rather than an actual image repeated I probably repeat feelings. In my work I enjoy exploring quiet moments within the busy world around us. Times in which a character is stopping and looking around taking in the way a beetle crawls across the pavement or a small chook is watching her reflection in a window. Characters amuse me and I love to explore those tiny moments that make me smile.
Painting and sewing with my GrandmotherSeeing the pink cake that was made for me for my birthdayClimbing the cherry tree in our front garden with my cat
AW - My beautiful children, Olive, Joseph and Sam.