Tess likes to be beside the seaside

Living and working by the seaside is a dream come true for artist Tess Willoughby.

A family holiday in Scarborough planted the seed and a year ago, the dream blossomed into reality.

However, Tess says she could never have imagined working in a studio in such an amazing and inspiring location.

The artist’s base is on West Pier, where fishing boats still bring in their catch but which has also morphed into a creative hub.

Tess explained: “It’s a real community down here. There are other artists, sculptors, a web designer and a photographer.

“I never imagined I’d be somewhere like this. My old office was in a courtyard surrounded by buildings.

“It’s beautiful - but it does get a bit cold in winter!”

Tess adds that being in South Bay gives her a front-row seat for the changing seasons, the ebb and flow of tourists and the fickle weather, which comes in quickly over the sea.

“At least you know when to go home!” she smiles.

Tess’s seafront location is also the perfect inspiration for her work, which features seabirds, landscapes and animals.

Most of the work is in pen and ink, with Tess also working on painted murals from time to time.

She said: “I like texture. Pen and ink suits what I do and I like the freedom of being able to pick up a Biro anywhere I like.”

Originally from Derbyshire, Tess has always been inspired by the dramatic landscapes around her.

She still travels to the region to teach workshops and hold creative events for young people, also hosting regular art and craft sessions in her Scarborough studio.

Tess said: “The family workshops are particularly nice, where we do découpage and make kites.

“The best bit about what I do is passing on skills and knowledge to others.”

And after just a year in Scarborough, Tess says the town feels “fabulously like home”, adding: “We don’t tend to venture far at the weekend.

“We go crabbing in the rockpools - it’s nice being able to explore.”

Tess’s husband Stuart is a sculptor in his spare time and the couple’s children Bella, 10, and Orson, five, are also a crafty pair.

“Bella is fantastic at art and Orson likes to stick anything to anything!” laughs Tess.

She has also found that Scarborough is a very creative place, with lots of artists living and working here.

Tess said: “It’s wonderful - I feel like the luckiest person ever!”

Find out more about Tess’s work at www.tesswilloughby.co.uk