About - Carla Gebhard Designs
A little bit more about me...
Hello I’m Carla, the watercolour artist and illustrator behind Carla Gebhard Designs. I’m an animal and nature lover and I dream of living on a barge one day, sailing up and down the canals painting magical things that make me and (hopefully) you and your little ones smile… but for now I live in Lancashire with my Mum and Dad in the converted garage, looking out on to our little garden full of the local wildlife, which is mainly birds and the occasional cat until Stanley (the family Boxer dog) chases it off. I've had horses all my life and competed all over England. Unfortunately I recently lost my little old lady Nikita, I met her the day she was born and owned her for over 15 years. She really was one in a million and a massive part of my life, so it only seems natural to mention here. If you follow me on instagram/facebook you'll see her pop up from time.
How & why I started my little business?
It all started after losing our family Boxer dog Melissa, I struggled with the loss and found painting pictures of her helped me to cope. Eventually I was persuaded to share them on Facebook and I started to get orders for pet portraits. Then in 2016 I had to have brain surgery to prevent an already worsening brain condition, (Chiari Malformation Syringomyelia) from getting pretty serious. Luckily the surgery was successful, but I was still left with a lot of symptoms that effected my day to day life. So, my original plan of using my degree in fashion design and textiles went out of the window and I decided to make my hobby into a business that would work around my health condition and put a positive spin on it all!
But a lot has changed since then...
I still do custom pet portraits etc, but they are no longer my main focus. I now specialise in children’s wall art for nurseries, playrooms and kid’s bedrooms. Which has lead me on to illustrating children’s books, something that I’d always dreamed of, but didn’t think it would ever become a reality.
Along with this, my health has also really improved (other than the odd bad day) so much so, when an opportunity arose for me to have my own shop/studio at Wyresdale Park and be surrounded by nature and wildlife every day; with the added bonus of beautiful Grade II listed buildings, creating that traditional and old-y world feeling that I absolutely adore! I just knew that I had to take it!
More about my little shop
As I said, my shop is set in the magical Wyresdale Park and more specifically is based in Scorton, Lancashire. Open Thursday-Sunday 11-4pm, selling watercolour prints for your nursery and home, along with a small (but slowly growing) product collection. It’s also where I hold my watercolour workshops.