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Forget NY. Illustrator Carolyn Vibbert hearts New England.

A charmingly illustrated map of Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Illustrator Carolyn Vibbert makes New Hampshire look idyllic, with good reason. The Portsmouth native is a resident and a fan, and she’s been called on many times – by clients both local and far flung – to create art that represents life in the northeast.

An iconic illustration of a lobster boat in muted primary colors

After growing up in New Hampshire, Carolyn established her career in Seattle, but couldn’t stay away. “After tiring of the rain, I was happy to come back to a place with real seasons…with the exception of Spring, which is really just winter trying to hang on,” she laughs.

An illustrated map of New England antique stores in fall.

Carolyn has illustrated New Hampshire-centric pieces for magazines, cookbooks, logos and even boardgames. She describes her style as decorative and adds, “I’d say even whimsical at times. I do try to have fun with my work.” Carolyn began winning jobs straight out of art school in Richmond, VA, with a portfolio she shopped out to art directors. Now, with double decades of experience, many art directors seek her out for illustration, icon development and logo design.

A landscape-focused logo design for New England’s Lyme Inn

Carolyn recently finished a packaging piece for Oberto featuring hiking – another popular New Hampshire past time. And in between jobs she’ll be readying for the coming winter – a season she loves because “it’s beautiful and silent and…I get the city almost all to myself.”

Illustration in deep brown of a hiking man and hiking woman’s sillhouette

You can see more of Carolyn’s illustrative charm here.

Illustration of a classic red sedan pulling an airstream trailer