Patsy Allen

Sculpting for many major companies, Patsy has enjoyed huge international sales and exhibits her artwork and sculptures at galleries nationwide.

The children's books which she co-wrote with her husband Tom, “The Rainbow Scarecrows,” sold more than a phenomenal 640,000 copies world-wide.

Patsy was commissioned by Gorton Monastery in Manchester to paint St Francis in recognition of his 800th anniversary.

Sky Television has featured Patsy’s Angels in their programme, “Real Lives – Angels.”

Latest Book

BUZZBEE IN A CAN

 

All stories spring from other stories and then lead on to others.” Buzzbee in a Can”, came from a series of little vignettes which bordered each page of our last books, “The Rainbow Scarecrows”. The vignettes were separate from the main text and were aimed at non-readers, yet carried an environmental message for young children.

This story began 28 years ago as a series of wordless vignettes in our first environmental books “The Rainbow Scarecrows”. Their message is even more significant today. We always wanted to progress these stories for children but never got the time.

As children loved Buzzbee the little duckling, we used him to continue the story about the environment, but in a fun way, rather than preaching to them. Children can see they can do their bit as well, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

The story in short – a day in the life of a little duckling, his family and friends, they discover the hazards caused by litter and do their best to work together to solve them.

28 years ago we were all waking up to problems in the environment and we used “The Rainbow Scarecrows” to carry the message into schools. We would like to think that Buzzbee could  carry on spreading that message too.

The Rainbow Scarecrows

The Rainbow Scarecrows live in a magical world where anything can happen – and often does! They have a lot of fun and can always find time for music, adventure and parties.

How It All Started

It all started when the Scarecrows were brought to life by Owl to help look after the countryside. Owl had been concerned for a long time about how the weather and environment were changing and decided to take action. He got the help he needed when he chose seven very special Scarecrows.

The Rainbow Scarecrows themselves started life in a previous book of ours, “Strawberry Fair”, a story about little mice picking strawberries, but really had little to do with the environment. I really had a fondness for the Scarecrows, then one day, whilst working on different art project, I was stunned by a magnificent rainbow in the dark sky outside my window – there was one colour for each scarecrow and the “Rainbow Scarecrows” were born. Tom pointed out that the American Indians referred to a rainbow as a ‘Heaven of Flowers.’ They believed that every flower that died on earth became part of the rainbow.

The Scarecrows are not perfect, but they look after each other, the animals and the environment around them. On the end pages  of each book is a map so that children can see where the Scarecrows live.

These books have been been going for 28 years and still exchange hands regularly. The message is still there!

The Storm” was the first book, followed by “Scruffy“, “Captain Scruffy“, “Zizz Cleans Up“, “Will-O’-The Wisp” and “Rainbow Treasure“.

My Art

My art is more individual and less mainstream, as are the people who like it. I want people to connect with it personally and to make their own interpretations of it. I feel that art says the things that we cannot put into words, it is more about communication and a means of provoking different mindsets.

My latest project is taking this a step further along the line. It involves a story on a wall, where it is possible to change the sequence of images to create individual stories, the artwork then becomes more personal. As a child, I lived for a time in Australia. I used to accompany my mother in her medical work with the Aborigines, their love of colour and story-telling had a great influence on my art. Often, a sense of humour comes out in my art.

Partnerships

I am currently working with "Crimson Cloak" - an American publishing company.

I have illustrated for the publishers Dents, Wiedenfield & Nicholson and Peter Haddock. I have also designed greeting cards and other materials for various companies and organisations.

Over the years, I have sculpted and designed for Royal Doulton, Clarecraft, Frith Sculpture, Cmielow, Regency Fine Art, Blue Poppy, Xystos and many private commissions.

I have exhibited my artwork in many parts of the UK and my work has sold throughout the world.

My illustrations were used on Sky TV for the titles of the programme “Real Lives – Angels.”

I was commissioned by Gorton Monastery in Manchester to paint the portrait of St Francis to celebrate The 800th Anniversary.

In the past, I have presented workshops with Artists in Schools in the Northwest and conducted workshops with The National Trust and other organisations.

Contact Me

If you would like to commission me or purchase any of my artwork, including Giclee prints, please email me using the following options