Theadora Whittington




I'm both a Brit and an Aussie, and before turning to art in a big way, I studied theology and law in universities in UK, while also playing the flute and singing in choirs - which I still enjoy. I worked a while as a barrister in UK and in Beijing. It was while working in Beijing that I started to draw and paint, and I was taught traditional Chinese ink painting by the inspirational Liu DaWei. On returning to UK I obtained another degree, in Illustration, at the Cambridge School of Art, and for several years was a member of the Gainborough House Printmakers in Suffolk, with whom I loved exhibiting.

Afterwards I came back to China, this time to Hong Kong, and life in this unique city with its exciting blend of all things East and West became a main stimulus behind my artwork, particularly alongside my fascination with the symbolic role of pre-scientific beliefs in contemporary societies.

I also became interested in the importance of biodiversity, which was the driving force behind my 3 picture books that were published in Hong Kong, written specifically for children there, and 2 of which were endorsed by WWF (Hong Kong). I have really enjoyed taking these stories into most of the many international schools in Hong Kong, and into some of the local schools where English is spoken, and to have had many vibrant discussions with children from all over the globe.

I alo exhibited in several annual group exhibitions in Hong Kong at Studio2, and at the Visual Arts Centre. In 2015 I enjoyed a solo exhibition in the Li Hall at St John's Cathedral in central Hong Kong.

Recently I returned to UK to study for an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art which has widened my artistic vision hugely, and I continue to build upon all I learnt there.

I can now live and work on both sides of the globe, happy to be wherever work - or the weather! - may lead me. Please do drop me a line if you'd like to, I'd be happy to hear from you!