Carolyn trained in graphic design and illustration at Brighton University. After gaining an honours degree and a post graduate qualification in education Carolyn taught for several years alongside illustrating, mainly for business and commerce. She also developed her skills into fine art painting and has shown at many prestigious London Galleries, including the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Academy.
Taking her inspiration from many aspects of everyday life, Carolyn is rarely without a sketchbook. She enjoys the countryside and beaches near her home studio on the Isle of Wight and is also inspired by song lyrics, literature and sometimes overheard conversations. She would describe herself as “a people watcher” or, like many artists, “just very curious!”
Drawing is fundamental to all of Carolyn’s work, having been taught by professional illustrators and artists at Brighton, including John Lord and Raymond Briggs.
Whilst drawing is always the starting point, Carolyn also likes to experiment with colour and technique. Beginning with a pencil sketch, she usually brings her sketchbook back into the studio to develop ideas further.
Carolyn has run fine art and drawing workshops for many years, exhibits in several galleries and also writes and illustrates children’s books.
Carolyn Pavey is the illustrator of Grandpa’s Dear Old Girl by Felicity Fair Thompson, published by Beachy Books in 2021.