Magpie & Jay is based in the Cotswolds and run by Rachel A H Beckett. Rachel draws together her interests in the fine and decorative arts through the designs she creates for greetings cards and her larger paintings. She is a nature lover and is very keen to ensure her products have a low impact on the environment.


Proprietor and artist

Hello, I am Rachel, proprietor of Magpie & Jay and designer of our first range of designs. I also accept fine art and illustration commissions and run our online gallery.

I grew up in rural Devon and always loved nature, especially wild flowers and trees, the decorative arts, and British heritage. Having studied History of Art at Cambridge, I embarked on a career in publishing, but later took an MA in printmaking and illustration.

I am privileged to live in a rural part of England, endowed with woodlands, birds, wild flowers and other wildlife to inspire my creativity, as well as scenic countryside and many sites of archaeological and architectural importance.

After a long career as an editor and commerical writer, I have returned to my first love – illustration and design – to found Magpie & Jay. I do hope you will like our growing range of designs. Enjoy our site and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

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