Hello, my name is Kirsty, I am an illustrator and artist based near Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping in Lincolnshire. I offer a mix of custom illustrations and other art to celebrate your loved ones, from quirky friend and family
portraits to traditional pet portraits. A piece of bespoke art is a gift that goes straight to the heart and lasts forever so you have come to the right place!
How it all began
I started Red Balloon after I struggled to find the right gift for my husband’s 50th birthday. Being an artist for many years, I had a light bulb moment and put my skills to good use by creating a funny family portrait
and got it framed for his office wall. He loved it! After lots of other requests, I decided to make it my business to celebrate friends and families with everyone who wanted their own Red Balloon portrait.
The name Red Balloon
I chose the name Red Balloon after a story my Grandad Griggs used to tell me as a little girl. I’d hang onto his every word and begged him to repeat it over and over again (such a patient man was my grandad!).
One day I’d love to write and illustrate his story for other children. To this end, I am also studying a MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. I think Grandad would have been chuffed
to bits to know he has been so instrumental in his grand-daughter’s life adventures.
Anyway, in the meantime, I look forward to the privilege of creating all your loved ones on paper to celebrate their special occasion whatever that may be.
A warm welcome awaits you!