Spirit of Summer: Emma Thrussell, artist and illustrator


Emma Thrussell is a traditional illustrator from the Bromley area. She works as a freelancer from her cosy home studio creating illustrations for clients and for her own online shop, selling prints, greeting cards and custom portraits.

Emma’s work is part of The Glades Local Showcase, which gives up-and-coming artists and makers space to sell their creations at The Glades.

What does the Spirit of Summer mean to you?

To me the Spirit of Summer means spending time outside, enjoying great food and being creative. I love to get my sketchbook out and find a spot outside in the sun where I can observe the world and take the time to be creative.

Does your local area inspire or play a role in your work?

My local area plays such a huge role in how I find inspiration for my work. There is such a wonderful blend of town life and nature spots around here, which I can’t help but introduce into my illustrations. It adds a lot of warmth and light to my practice.

Tell us a bit about your work as an artist…

I am a freelance illustrator who works mostly in traditional mediums such as watercolours and coloured pencils. I paint whimsical child-like illustrations where I love to take inspiration from nature and oddities. I also design and sell my own prints and greetings cards on my online shop!

What did it mean to you to be part of the Local Showcase at The Glades?

It means so much to me to be showcased in something that has been such a big part of my whole life. I grew up in this area and The Glades is a place where I was taken to as a child, where I hung out as a teenager, and is a staple for me as an adult. I couldn’t be happier!

What’s next for you and your work?

This showcase has given me the opportunity to share and focus on my personal brand, so I am very excited to develop my illustrated products further and grow my online shop.


Get the look

Shoes: Eowiliwia Sling-back Sandal, Aldo, £60.00; Dress: Tiered, Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, New Look, £22.99; Hair Clips: Pearly Snap Hair Clips, Accessorize, £10.00

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