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Pearl of the Seas – Children’s Book 2016

‘The Pearl of the Seas’ – written by Prof. Ruth Finnegan OBE

Illustrated by Rachel Backshall

A tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful – but accident-prone – dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names. After an incredible sacrifice, they learn instead that the most important things are sometimes right in front of you. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan’s award-winning epic romance ‘Black inked pearl’.

The Pearl of the Seas has recently received a Book Excellence Award in the Friendship Category 2017, a Silver Award by Hungry Monster Book Awards, and a Runner Up prize for the Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book!



The Magical Adventure. Kris and Kate build a Boat – Nov 2017

Kris and Kate Build a Boat – The Magical Adventure

Written by Prof. Ruth Finnegan OBE. Illustrated by Rachel Backshall. Publishing with Balestier Press Ltd, November 2017.

An enchanting story of two children who create a magic rowing-boat. They travel across the water and meet the fascinating creatures of the sea and sky in Britain.

Featuring over 30 different types of UK fish, crabs, gulls, and others, ‘Kris and Kate’ has been designed as an educational story by combining imaginative play with the real and beautiful creatures of our coastlines.

2017 Meeting with Ruth Finnegan in London


Toodle Oo Ruby Blue – June 2017

‘Toodle Oo Ruby Blue’ – written by Denny Taylor.

Illustrated by Rachel Backshall

An enchanting bedtime story capturing the imaginative games of Ruby Blue and Lily Wu as they play with their cuddly toys and say goodbye at the end of the day. Published by Garn Press 2017

Click here to go to the Garn Press publications page!

Nominated for “Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children” – 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal and “Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children” – 2018 John Newbery Medal


The combination of ink on silk gives a ephemeral lustre to landscape paintings. I focus on the concept of the liminal; looking at places where transitions occur, such as water meeting land, land meeting sky, or sunrise and sunset. They allow for a study into the contrasting fluidity of nature.

This series mainly focuses on Scottish landscapes; especially around the Perthshire area. Others include illustrations for the novel ‘The Black Inked Pearl’, and some commissions.