I'm Jessica Barrah. Thanks so much for visiting!

If you would like to get in contact, then please fill in the contact form, or just email jessicabarrah@yahoo.co.uk

Who am I?

This is something I frequently ask myself.

 I live on the south coast of England, in Hove, East Sussex, with my partner James, and our two young sons.

I can see the sea at the end of my street. I can hear the seagulls screeching on my roof and down the chimney.

I originally studied English Literature rather than art, and spent some time teaching English as a foreign language in Mexico and Italy before settling in Brighton

I am currently what you might call 'a housewife'. Or rather, a 'homemaker'. Unfortunately, although I do love all things homely, especially cake, tea, books and cushions, I am also a 'homewrecker'. Not in the adulterous, more in the messy sense. I do not feel this is wholly my fault. Our flat is exceedingly small, and I do have a lot of 'crafty' projects, with nowhere to store the crafty goods.

You can learn more about me and  see a 'day in my life' by clicking on this link.


I have to admit, this is a slightly idealised day. It does not feature screaming kids, screaming me, or nappy changing issues.

Why are you trying to paint an Animal Alphabet?

Because I started painting a few animals, then realised they all started with letters at the start of the alphabet. Then I thought, might as well go the whole hog (or horse, hedgehog or hippo). As I am fairly new to this painting lark, I thought it might be a good way to practise.

How can I buy some of your wonderful artworks?

You can buy cards and prints from my website, http://www.birdybrain.com

I also have a Not on the High Street shop, http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/birdybrain

If you would like something printed specially, personalised, or would like to commission something, then please do get in touch.