Lizzie Harper at work


Lizzie is a natural history illustrator who has been producing beautiful and highly detailed commissions for a wide range of clients over the last fifteen years. Although Lizzie works predominantly in watercolour she also works in pencil, pen and ink, coloured pencil, and acrylics.

From early childhood Lizzie spent many hours searching for insects in the compost heap and peering at pond-dipped water through her microscope. Lizzie studied Zoology at Bristol University before taking an art foundation course at the City and Guilds Art School in London and subsequently studying Illustration HND at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.

In 1996 Lizzie set up her own business, Lizzie Harper Illustration, and has been working as a freelancer ever since. She now works from her garden studio at her home in Hay-On-Wye, where she lives with her partner and two children.


Lizzie's work is mainly comissioned directly by her clients. She illustrates individual species, or habitats which include a wide variety of plants and animals. These illustrations can be cut-to-white, diagramatic, or in composite landscape form; depending on the client's needs.

Lizzie also produces decorative natural history designs, for postage stamps and greetings cards; as well as map illustrations and "step by step" line drawings such as those for the Alan Titchmarsh "How To Garden" series.

Recent work includes "The Hedgerow Handbook" and "The Bumper Book of Nature" published by Square Peg, 60 plates for "The Collins Flower Guide" and two sets of postage stamps for Jersey Post. Examples of work from these commissions are included on Lizzie's portfolio pages.


The clients page gives an overview of some of the broad range of companies and organisations she has worked with thus far. She is always open to new comissions from companies and private individuals, please contact her with your specifications or ideas.

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