Two local artists have recently been welcomed to the Genuine Jersey community. Anita Eastwood and Catherine Highfield of Purple Panda Creations join a further 200 members as apart of Jersey’s largest community of local artisans, producers, growers and creatives.
Anita Eastwood is an experienced water colour and acrylic artist who specialises in pet and equestrian portraits. Her slate paintings have recently been in high demand, leading her to explore different mediums on which to produce her artwork. Anita has been commissioned to produce art for Jersey Hospice, NatWest and Jersey Race Club and her paintings can be found on display at the Harbour Gallery.
Anita said: “I have always loved colour and try to find the balance between incorporating this in my work and still representing true form. Through joining Genuine Jersey, I hope to find a wider audience for my art and to build my reputation as a local artist. Jersey is a beautiful Island and a wonderful canvas for ideas.”
From full time mum to full-time business owner, Catherine Highfield launched Purple Panda Creations in 2017 from a love of personalised gifts and the desire to establish a business from her home, where she can be near her three children. Her business produces bespoke laser cut and engraved items from wedding décor to house sign names. She recently partnered with follow Genuine Jersey member, Unique Words, to produce a range of engraved poems on wooden plaques.
Catherine said: “I am most proud of my signature Jersey map designs, but my goal is to ensure that every customer is delighted with each and every product I make for them.”
The Genuine Jersey community offers members access to local markets, social media training and a supportive platform from which to launch their business. Easily recognisable by locals and tourists, the logo celebrates a range of products from large and small businesses.