Hi! My name is Ruth Ellen and I am a surface pattern designer, illustrator, author, and artist; creator of The Water Dragons picture book.

I do what I love which is art and literature, as well as other things like gardening and petting my rabbit Bandit. Being an author and an artist are the only things that I have ever truly wanted since childhood.

Using a combination of hand and digital techniques, I like to create colourful and unique designs from a variety of inspiration sources, most particularly with florals.


ruth ellen parlour bandit profile picture cartoon

Me and my master (Bandit)

Finding my way

I left university with an MA in Digital Design, and a BA in Interior Design, since then I’ve published my own children’s book and undertaken courses online to further develop my skill, signature style, and portfolio.

After leaving home I lived in a cottage on a farm for four years with the love of my life (a human man -not an animal!) We had no central heating, (only a wood burner), no broadband, and if we needed a shower we had to wait 1-1/2 hrs for hot water! We eventually moved back to our home town in County Durham to settle close by to family and friends. Now I appreciate the luxuries of modern life, although I miss the views.

So I keep drawing, writing, reading, petting rabbits, and growing pretty flowers… it’s all I know how to do! Please check out my portfolio, if you would like access to the full range of artwork please contact me to request a temporary password.

Come join me across the interwebs!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon 🙂

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

My rabbit Bandit – The Lord Fluffington

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