About Kitty Pigfish …
Kitty Pigfish (aka: 'LK 'Merlynda' Robinson (LLAM)) - is an Award-Winning Illustrator and Cartoonist - an Award-Winning Book-Jacket and Magazine Illustrator - an Award-Winning Comedienne - an Award-Winning Comedy Performance Poet and Comedy Monologue-Writer/Performer/Entertainer - an Award-Winning Romantic Poet and Verse-Fabulist - an Award-Winning Songwriter - a Poetry Magazine Editor - a professional Puppeteer - a published Short Story Writer - a former Magazine and Newspaper Columnist - and - a commissioned and published Art Tutorial Course Author.
She studied Fine Art, Illustration, Drawing, Painting, Watercolours and Art History with:
Drawing & Painting with Ian Simpson - Head of Illustration: Central St Martins, London
Fine Art and Communication: Goldsmiths University, London
Art History: Goldsmiths University, London
Drawing: Winchester School of Art, Hampshire
Watercolours with William Lawrence: Harvey Gallery, Surrey
She studied Speech and Acting with LAMDA (The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) winning 4 Honours Medals For Speech and both the ALAM and LLAM Diplomas in Speech & Acting.
She has also been a professional Dramatic Actor and Comedy Entertainer performing a diverse range of roles at a wide variety of theatres and concert halls across the UK - with a wide variety of professional and semi-professional theatrical and operatic companies - since she was 8 years old - and today - she entertains audiences as a professional Comedy Performance Poet - and - as an independent professional Comedienne and Puppeteer.
She is the Winner of 'The Leaf Book-Jacket Award' - and a popular professional Fine Artist - Cartoonist - and - Illustrator - representing GB at: 'The International Grand Prix of WaterColourists' (France) - and - at 'The International Salon of Press Cartoonists' (France) - virtually every year since 1996.
She is also an internationally exhibited and collected Fine Artist - Please see Kitty's 'Exhibitions List' below.
In addition, she is a multi Award-Winning Comedy Poet - a popular professional Comedy Performance Poet - a professional Comedy Puppeteer and Comedienne - an Award-Winning Romantic Love Poet and Verse-Fabulist - a much-published Romantic Nature & Place-Inspired Poet - a Children's Poet - and - a Poetry Magazine Editor.
Please visit her Comedy & Performance Poetry website: www.Merlynda.com - for details of her many Poetry Awards, Poetry and Monologue Publications, Poetry Festival Appearances - her popular Themed 'One Woman Comedy Acts and Shows' - and her Live Radio Poetry Broadcasts, to date.
She is an Award-Winning Comedy & Satire Monologue-writer- and - a multi Award-Winning Comedy Songwriter - and an Award-Winning Comedy Speechwriter For Adults - and her Comedy Poetry & Comedy Monologue Publications, to date, include titles:
'ACT! ALONE: High Comedy Monologues & Verse For Performers & Speakers'
'Naughty But Nice!' - A Collection of Comedy Poems
- and - 'NAUGHTY! NAUGHTY!' - A Collection of Naughty & Comical Poems For Adults
Over 50 of her Comedy Songs are published, to date.
She is a multi Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter - winning Awards both with 'The UKSC' and 'The WM Composers Award For Song'. Currently, one of her Ballads inspired by living and working in Bucks Mills - and especially inspired by the view from the window of 'The Artist's Cabin' in Bucks Mills - is being adjudicated in the Finals of 'The UK Songwriting Award' and is being considered for both 'The CommonWealth Songwriters Award' - and - 'The International Lyricist Award'.
Her instrumental music for ballet and dance has also been choreographed and premiered by 'The Royal Academy of Dance' - and - at 'The EQ International Dance Festival', Ireland.
She is also an Award-Winning Children's Poet & Songwriter (aka :'Merlynda Jelly-Jaws') and several of her Poetry Collections For Children are published to date: 'JOLLY RHYMES!', 'THE TALE OF THE GOAT & THE WOLF', 6 FAIRYTALES & VERSE-FABLES 4 YOU!', 'TIGGEE TATTER & TICKLEE'. Each was created for inspiring children and young teens to embrace poetry and to read poetry more often.
As a professional Puppeteer-Ventriloquist - she is the Founder & Resident Trainer of 'The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain' - she has entertained family audiences at Festivals and large-scale outdoor events with her live performance poetry for children, her funny clown-themed songs - and both 'Punch & Judy Shows' and 'Walkabout Ventriloquist' Puppetry.
Nowadays, her Live Comedy Puppetry is blended with her Comedy Performance Poetry, her Comedy Monologues and her Comedy Songs - as an hilarious integral part of her Themed 'One Woman Acts' and 'One Woman Shows' - Live Cabaret-style Entertainment - For Grown-ups Who Love To Laugh!
Her especially Themed (please visit her website for current Themes) 'One Woman Acts' - and - her Live Comedy Poetry Performances - are the main basis also of the 'Talks' to Groups, Clubs and Societies - that she is frequently invited to give.
For More Details - Please Visit - www.Merlynda.com
A Columnist with 'The Observer Newspapers and Magazines' - and - a commissioned and published Art Tutorial Course Author and Illustrator - Publication Title: 'Master The Art' - an enormously popular, 650,000 word and multi-Illustrated Art Tutorial Course For Adult Art Students commissioned and published by 'The Art Institute' in 1998 - she is also the Founder and Editor of: 'The Poetry Box Magazine' - and - the Founder and Editor of: 'The Bucks Mills Poetry Magazine' - a bi-monthly, illustrated and printed, A4-sized and comb-bound Nature and Place-Inspired international Poetry Magazine. For More Details About 'the Bucks Mills Poetry Magazine' - Please Visit - www.BucksMillsPoetryMagazine.org.
She is the Owner of: 'The Bucks Mills Poetry Gallery-Studio' - www.BucksMillsGallery.com - based in the heart of the Bucks Valley Woodlands and close to the rugged and wildly beautiful coast at Bucks Mills - which lies in the northern region of the picturesque south-west county of Devonshire, England. She also formerly owned and ran her own successful and popular Art Gallery in Hampshire.
In 2018 as 'Artist-In-Residence' at 'The Artist's Cabin', Bucks Mills (a National Trust maintained property)- she creates comical cartoons and black & white illustrations - accompanied by comical odes, verse and ditties - inspired by the strange - comical - and - mysterious events and local 'characters' - emboldened in Bucks Mills folklore - then reproducing these as comical poetry posters, comical poetry postcards and comical poetry greetings cards - under the publication title:
'The Bucks Mills Funny Times!'
Kitty Pigfish Cartoons, Caricatures, Portraits and Illustrations are commissioned and owned by prestigious Private Collectors -including: McLaren Formula One Team Principal Ron Dennis - HM The Late Queen Mother - and commissioned for Advertising and Fleet Livery by: The SEAAR Organisation.
Her black and white cartoons and colour illustrations have been commissioned and widely distributed for publicizing Theatrical Productions by: The Guildford Opera Company, The Curtain Raisers, Godalming Operatic Theatre Company - and many others - and reproduced as huge banners draped on commercial theatres and concert hall venues such as 'G-Live',Surrey.
Many of her Fine Art Watercolours and Drawings have also been reproduced as Art Gallery Catalogue Covers - and - have been auctioned by both Christies Fine Art and Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers.
Kitty Pigfish Illustrations, Cartoons, Caricatures and Portraits are published in a wide variety of Publications - and are Published by:
Thames & Hudson, The Art Institute, GAPP, The AOI - and appear in a variety of Poetry and Literary Magazine Publications.
Kitty's 'Exhibitions To Date' Include:
The International Salon De Presse, France
The International Grand Prix Watercolour Artists, France
The Royal Watercolour Society, London
The Pastel Society, London
The USA Exhibition, London
Britain's Painters (The Artist Magazine), London
The Mall Galleries, London
The Westminster Gallery, London
The Raw Gallery, London
The Northbank Gallery, London
The Bankside Gallery, London
Hays Galleria, London
The Festival Hall Gallery, London
The Seagate Gallery, Dundee
The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
The KD Gallery, Surrey
The Barley-Brut Gallery, Hampshire
The Harvey Gallery, Surrey
Art Addiction Gallery, Sweden
As an Exhibiting Artist in The MADhurst Art Trail, West Sussex
and as an Exhibiting Artist in both The North Devon Art Trek and The Devon Artist Network Open Studios, Devon
As the 'Artist-In-Residence' at 'The Artist's Cabin' (a National Trust property) at Bucks Mills Quay, North Devon
In Private Exhibitions & Viewings in: Miami, USA, London, Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, England.
… and - many others …
Kitty Pigfish creates Cartoons and Illustrations for: Comical Poetry Posters - Comical Poetry Postcards - Comical and Romantic Poetry Greetings Cards - Publications - Newspapers - Magazines - Posters - Publicity - Events - and they are proving popular as Wedding - Anniversary - Retirement - Engagement - Holiday gifts - and - as Comical Corporate 'Awards'.
Her Selections of Themed Comical Poetry Posters, Comical Poetry Postcards and Comical Poetry Greetings Cards are currently published under the heading: 'The Bucks Mills Funny Times!' ...
In Addition - Kitty Offers: Drawing Tuition and 'Artist-Led' Drawing Walks:
Why Not Book A Fun & Individual 'One To One Artist-Led Walk' or 'Drawing Session' with Kitty Pigfish - Details as follows:
Kitty Pigfish's 'ARTIST-LED WALKS': DRAWING From NATURE in BUCKS MILLS, NORTH DEVON, ENGLAND
Woodlands, Waterscapes, Seascapes, Coastline & Quay
The Seasons, Animals, Flowers, Gardens
Personal 'One To One' Tuition with the local, Internationally Exhibited & Published Fine Artist - Illustrator -
and - Award-Winning Cartoonist - and - Art Tutorial Course Author ('Master The Art' - Publd. The Art Institute)
Friendly Fun 'One-To-One Sessions' - PLUS! - 'Artist-Led' Drawing Sessions - Indoors & Outdoors
Media Included: Pen & Ink - Pen & Wash - Charcoal - Inks - Pencil
Mornings or Afternoons (Weekdays & Weekends): 2 or 4 hours for 'One-To-One Sessions'
Full Day 'Group Drawing Workshops' Also Available For Clubs & Societies
Exhibitions are Arranged to Display Student’s Artworks
For More Details & To Book - Please Tel: 01237 431166 - or - Email: KittyPigfish@aol.com
BOOK NOW For INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS