I wanted to create something bold and graphic and I used strongly coloured gouache paint to achieve this. The girl in my painting is inspired by my redheaded daughters and I liked the way the orange hair stood out amongst the dense green foliage. I admire the size, symmetry and the brightness of sunflowers and I felt they were the right flower for this illustration particularly as they are very bee friendly. I’ve created a pattern of bees in the background.
Maria Burns is an illustrator and graphic designer and owner of Maria Burns Illustration & Design based in the Isle of Purbeck. She often draws on the fantastic countryside and wildlife around her for creative inspiration. Maria works in many different styles from highly accurate natural history watercolour illustrations to humorous cartoons and decorative designs.