Moira Ratchford

I’ve been drawing since I could first hold a crayon. One of my fondest childhood memories was Saturday art class in the basement of the local YMCA. Carole King’s “Tapestry” was playing, and I was laying down a beautiful world of color with my paints and brushes, where just white paper had been. I knew then I had found my tribe.

Then came the reality of “you need to make a living,” followed by raising a family, and a million and one responsibilities that (predominantly) women take on to make sure that everything and everyone is taken care of. 

But mid-life posed some questions that only art could answer. So I picked up a paintbrush and was transported back to that eight-year-old kid, totally absorbed in line and color. My paintings multiplied, filling up my studio with cheer. And now I hope to share that cheer with you.

I have worked in every medium imaginable: charcoal and pastel, watercolor, acrylics, acrylic ink, oils, collage, airbrush and spray paint. Currently, I am in love with the spontaneity of watercolor. The way the color saturates the paper—creating unpredictable blends and organic textures—makes every piece unique.

My 25 years in graphic design have been an incredible asset. Fluency in both digital and traditional media, familiarity with print and production requirements, and the experience of collaborating with art directors makes it that much easier to incorporate my art into books, home décor, stationery and gift items.

If you are interested in licensing my artwork or discussing an illustration project, please contact me. I’d be happy to work together with you to develop your vision into a final product.

Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to connect with me via email, Instagram, or my Society6 shop.