Heather Wilson - Maker of Mad and Beautiful Things

 

Heather is well known for her immensely popular Personalised Name Pictures. These are finely detailed watercolour paintings, with the letters of the name set in one of many varied background scenes appropriate to the person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Details such as: Date, weight, time and place of birth; favourite toys and foods; parent's occupations and hobbies; family members and pets can all be included in the picture - (copied from photographs provided by the client).

 

 Not only for New Babies and children, these pictures are perfect
presents for Weddings, Anniversaries and Special Birthdays,
such as 21st, 50th, 60th, etc.

 

 Jack's 70th Birthday Picture

 Included in this painting are Jack and his wife on their Wedding Day; their children and grandchildren; his college at Cambridge, and the places he has worked at. They lived in San Fransisco for a time, so the Golden Gate Bridge is there. They enjoy wine, so there are lots of bottles! He supports Sunderland football club - this is the scarf for the letter "C". He loves gardening, so there is a reference to that in the letter "J". Jack and his wife are also sitting on the right, as they are today.

 

 Phil and Julie's Ruby Wedding Picture

 
Phil and Julie live in New Zealand. Their daughter, Hannah,  who lives
in the UK, came to see me to discuss the picture.  She brought a huge 
pile of photos of the family, all the pets they've ever had, their house and surrounding countryside. The house has a long driveway and large garden, which they have both created, so we decided that would be the perfect setting
for their names.  Hannah wanted the background to be the New Zealand
scenery where they live.
  
There are little personal jokes, such as the dog in the foreground,
who was always running off, so Hannah asked if I could put an extra
long lead on her. I made it into the "and". Phil likes skiing and playing
the piano, so I used those for the "P" and "H". Julie loves gardening, so
most of the letters in her name have that theme.
 
They both cycle, and love travelling. They are members of the Caravan
Club, so the flag appears at the top, with  those of the other countries
they have visited. Also on the signpost are places of importance to them.
They went to Buckingham Palace to a Garden Party! The coat of arms
is Leeds Met University, where they both had connections. Their other
daughter is also in the picture.
 
 
 
Sophie's 40th Birthday
  
 
Sophie's sister came to see me with a family album from their Mum's 70th party, and pictures of the scenery and town where they live, their house, and even the sign of their favourite wine bar! With this information, we discussed all the details she wanted in the picture. Sophie loves champagne, so it was suggested a champagne bottle became the letter "I". I decided to hide a number of corks in the picture, which they had to find! The setting is by the river in Marlow, Buckinghamshire,  and also distant hills with point to point racing in the background. The whole family is in the picture, with odd little jokes dotted about, such as the bottle of vodka by Mum and Dad, and the two brothers being silly in the background!
 
 
 
 
 They like holidaying in Weymouth, so the sticks of rock "H" letter and the signpost have the name on it. Sophie loves shoes, so we made the letter "E" a shoe rack, with a tiny pair of children's shoes to represent when she was little and used to try on her mummy's shoes. 
 
 
 
Here are Sophie's children, holding eggs, because they have chickens, and the dogs are there too. Sophie's love of shopping and bling is shown! And there is their favourite wine bar sign. (Please note the detail has been blurred on the sign for privacy reasons, not because it is smudged!)