The artist has always had a fascination with the sea creatures, especially ones that live in the very colourful tropical reefs. She also thought it was a good way to highlight the fact that reef habitats are under threat and need conservation too. Octopuses are great to illustrate and this one reminds her of giant sea monsters in old sailors’ nautical tales of the deep.
About the artist
Maria Burns is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the Isle of Purbeck on the Jurassic Coast in a stunning part of Dorset. She draws on the fantastic countryside and wildlife around her for creative inspiration. She lives with her husband, two children and her Jack Russel ‘Birdie’ who helps out in the studio. Maria works in many different styles from highly accurate natural history watercolour illustrations to humorous cartoons and decorative designs. She has worked on numerous projects for many varied clients over the years and was an official artist for Shaun in the City 2015.