Eleanor Tomlinson has been selling her artworks & taking on commissions since her mid-teens. Her artwork has travelled across the UK & the world. From early on she knew this is what she wanted to do as her career, & hasn't let her age be an obstacle in pursuing her artistic ambitions.
Eleanor has lived in rural East Yorkshire all her life, which has been a huge influence for much of her artwork today. Over the past years, whilst studying for her GCSEs, A Levels & now her degree in Illustration, Eleanor has been expanding what she does by taking on increasingly more varied commissions; from pet portraits to bespoke wedding stationery. At the same time Eleanor has been launching increasingly more products & designs, & hasn't looked back since.
Everything started back in 2011, with a single greetings card, when Eleanor was thirteen. She entered a local design a Christmas card competition advertised in a local magazine, The Journal. The competition was ran by Osprey, an Osteoporosis charity carrying out life-changing support in the local area. Eleanor was lucky enough to be the winner of her age category & her 'Robin in the Snow' design was created into Christmas cards to help raise money for the charity. Following this, Eleanor had the wonderful opportunity to help sell her Christmas cards as a local Christmas fair & the experience, of seeing the full process from design to end product, inspired her to design & create her own greetings cards range. Her first cards range, Tilly Trotter's Designs, was born. Tilly Trotter, being a fun family nickname from when she was little.
Each Christmas after for the following 5 years Eleanor designed, produced & sold her cards at fairs & events whilst at school; even getting her products into a couple of local, independent retailers. By the time Eleanor left school, following finishing her A Levels, she was completing a constant & steady flow of commission work. The following September she moved to Cambridge to start her Illustration degree at Cambridge College of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Eleanor quickly realised city life wasn't for her & that ultimately she wanted to continue working for herself & be based in her beautiful home county of Yorkshire. For the subsequent two years of her degree, Eleanor transferred to York St. John University, York. This has enabled her to continue her degree whilst expanding her business all in Yorkshire.
Eleanor thoroughly enjoys the different challenges & experiences of creating personal & unique pieces of art. She has always felt very fortunate that she is able to merge her love of animals & the countryside, with her devotion to painting & being an artist. Eleanor is currently very excited to see where the next year, after finishing her Illustration degree, takes her as she continues to grow her Yorkshire born business.