A bit about me
Down the back of our place, next to the chicken coop, is my studio. It’s really just a big shed with lots of cobwebs around the windows. It is my favourite place in the world. Inside my studio I have the extraordinary good fortune to work as a picture book illustrator. And I get to illustrate books written by some of Australia’s best known authors including Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, Nick Bland, Jan Ormerod, Danny Parker and Mem Fox.
Unsure of where in the world I belonged but always happy making things, I tried several jobs and hobbies before discovering illustration. Everything changed for me when I was offered the opportunity to illustrate a picture book called Two Summers. The story was written by John Heffernan and published by Scholastic Press in 2003.
Ever since then I’ve been enjoying the amazing journey of learning all the ways you can illustrate a picture book.
I’ve illustrated about 27 of them so far, but still feel like I’m only just starting. Along the way I’ve illustrated heart tingling books like Amy & Louis, written by Libby Gleeson, and adorable bedtime books like The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland. I’ve illustrated tear jerkers like Harry and Hopper, written by Margaret Wild and the recipient of the 2010 Kate Greenaway Medal, and timely stories like My Two Blankets, written by Irena Kobald, which won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2015. And I’ve also tried my hand at illustrating my own stories such as The Great Rabbit Chase.
I love the challenge of illustrating different picture books, designing the characters and the world, finding the right colours and materials to suit the story.
Here is what my studio looks like in the midst of a book deadline.
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