Upon completing a BA (Hons) degree in fashion and textiles at Central St Martins Cherrill Parris-Fox worked as a freelance illustrator in the fashion and advertising industry. Clients have included ICI/Dupont, Marks & Spencer, Fortnum & Mason and Conran Design. Her illustrations have been featured  in publications such as The Sunday Times, New York Times and Country Life.

Alongside this, she also taught drawing skills to Foundation students at Cheltenham & Hastings College of Art and latterly drawing and folio presentation to MA students at The Royal College of Art.

For the past few years Cherrill divides her time between mixed media painting on canvas and designing colour & textile concept boards to inspire clients to begin the process of interior redecoration. Her particular ethos being that style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with workable solutions, imagination and originality, and it was this synergy that impressed the judges with her winning scheme for a Homes & Garden interior design competition in 2002.

“…Cherrill’s scheme really stood out. I was particularly impressed with the confident way she juxtaposed Georgian and contemporary style.” (Mary Fox Linton. International interior designer)

“…Cherrill showed phenomenal attention to detail and a great understanding of what was required…” (Iris Dunbar. Director, The Design School)

 “…I really liked the way Cherrill used the space in this room as well as her sketches and the way she presented her ideas…” (Mark Humphrey. Interior and Product Designer)

Her paintings are a relatively new addition to her creative folio. They are primarily bold and bright, and it is the relationship of colour with line and form on the canvas that is the key to their impact, whether still life impressions or fashion.


Cherrill is currently based in Sherborne, Dorset.