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Sally Collins has lived in Longniddry, East Lothian for 24 years, working as a children's book illustrator, freelance artist, art tutor and leader of community banner-making projects. She loves living in the countryside, next to the sea, yet so near to the city delights of Edinburgh.

Sally J. Collins

Sally Collins has lived in Longniddry, East Lothian for 24 years, working as a children's book illustrator, freelance artist, art tutor and leader of community banner-making projects. She loves living in the countryside, next to the sea, yet so near to the city delights of Edinburgh.

Sally exhibits her artwork in Edinburgh and East Lothian galleries, and has taken part in library and school events and festivals around Scotland, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

She has been commissioned by local councils, distilleries and other companies to make illustrations for booklets, posters, Christmas cards depicting local scenes and buildings, and information boards portraying social history, flora and fauna. Private commissions include landscapes and portraits of animals, homes, gardens and children.

To date, Sally has illustrated and published 22 children's books, including 10 titles in the popular 'Hamish McHaggis' series written by Linda Strachan and published by GWP; a retelling of 'Greyfriars Bobby' by Linda Strachan (GWP); and 'The History of Scotland for Children' written by Judy Paterson (Glowworm Books). She has also illustrated a new edition of the classic, 'The King of the Copper Mountains' by Paul Biegel (Strident Publishing).

Sally uses technical pens, coloured pencils and watercolour pencils for most of her illustrations, but she also loves using charcoal and pastels, acrylics, gouache and watercolours and loves making purely graphite
images. She enjoys working with writers and illustrating their words, but one day she would love to write and illustrate her own picture book. Watch this space!

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