Jayne now has to be quick on the draw

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 June 2012

Jayne Vowles with hercartoon drawings.

Jayne Vowles with hercartoon drawings.


MOTHER Jayne Vowles never thought her artwork was important and just kept her ‘little doodles’ as a hobby.

Now the 42-year-old’s equestrian-themed cartoons are getting interest from around the world, leading her to set up her own business, Capture a Memory.

Jayne, of Upper Weare in Axbridge, not only has to focus on her three-and-a-half-year-old son and 20-month-old daughter, but she is also constantly drawing and colouring her latest characters which will appear on cards, mugs and mouse mats.

Even though Jayne felt dedicated to art, by taking the subject in her A-levels and studying it at college, it came to a halt in her 20s after a painful accident.

She said: “When I was about 22 I broke my arm when I was horse riding, which took a long time to mend.

“The horse was hit by a car and sent into a ditch.

“My family run a business for residential mobile homes and after the accident that took over and I stopped going to art college.”

But her doodles continued and later Jayne attended a private art studio in Rickford, where she felt she learned so much to progress her work.

But disaster struck again, eight years ago, when she was moving from Sand Bay to Axbridge.

She said: “During the move my car was packed full of all the art work and cartoons I had done throughout my life, and as we were busy moving they were stolen. It was quite devastating and at the time I felt like I did not want to do art any more.”

Jayne then used her cartoons as gifts for family and friends at Christmas time or for birthdays and last year one of her friends urged her to show off her talent to others.

Jayne said: “In March I had some cards printed with my work on them and they sold instantly. It’s taken off since then.

“Now we have interest from all over the world.

“The main character is always a horse and includes different people. At the moment I have about 40 cartoons and another 40 pending. I can’t draw fast enough for the amount of ideas coming in.

“I’m still expecting someone to jump out and say it’s all an April fools, it has taken off so quickly. I can’t believe it because they have just been my little doodles.”

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