Bird and Beast showcases the work of animal artist-illustrator, Laura McKendry.

Laura is fascinated by our relationship with the animal kingdom – how we are entertained, comforted, enchanted, amused by these critters, how they enrich our lives. Her drawings, created in a variety of materials including ink, charcoal, watercolour and pencil, pay tribute to the role of our furry, feathered, scaly friends.

With her distinctive, playful style, Laura captures the individual mannerisms and quirks of animals in bespoke commissions ranging from small sketches to giant paintings.

She also licenses her work for use on greeting cards and homeware. Mugs, books, cards and fabric featuring her work may be found in UK stockists including John Lewis, Fenwicks, Waterstones, Sainsburys, WHSmith, Laura Ashley, Daunt Books as well as independent retailers. More of Laura’s work can be found at

She lives in North London with her husband, three young children and a cat. Alongside her own creative practice she teaches drawing at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London and online courses with Domestika.

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