Hello, my name is Gemma Koomen and I make paintings and illustrations in gouache and ink about the little things that I love; real and imaginary wildflowers and plants, small people in big places, animals that you could maybe have a conversation with, thoughtful objects and tiny homes.
With my illustrated world I aim to open up a little door of tenderness and peacefulness, which in turn helps me (and hopefully others) to notice and enjoy the beauty of small things. My work is a constant opportunity to embrace imperfection and seek simplicity.
Gemma Koomen is a freelance illustrator and artist based in beautiful, wild Northumberland, UK.
Inspired by nature, nostalgia and simplicity, Gemma’s work begins by hand with gouache, ink and the occasional colour pencil, and is driven by the desire to capture little moments of calm and joy, recreating the familiar and domestic into elements of magical possibility.