Thomas the cat is the beloved character which features in many of Ann's illustrations and on many of the products she produces. The images start life as monotypes (ink and watercolour paintings on paper) which she creates by painting with oil based inks on to glass. She then draws and scratches into the ink and when paper is applied an image appears, as if by magic! The picture is then left to dry for a week hanging from a washing line in her studio. This technique allowes no room for error, which gives the work spontaneity life and movement. Many works are then finished with the addition of 22ct gold leaf.