Laura Fearn is an artist, illustrator and designer based in Bath, Somerset where she lives with her young family.
“I love to paint street scenes and living in Bath I am surrounded by beautiful Georgian architecture. Jane Austen’s books are synonymous with the Georgian era and my immediate thought was to decorate my book bench with Georgian street scenes. Using my home town as inspiration I set about designing streets that would fit with the shape of the book so a crescent sits nicely on the back of the bench and a row of houses set atop a raised pavement (so common in Bath) fills the open “front” of the book bench. I paint using strong colours and love to add people and the trappings of modern life, for this piece I have swapped the cars and modern clothes for horses and carriages and Georgian clothes: A lovely challenge!”