When I was little I loved making books. Somehow I forgot this for years and suddenly remembered it as I was about to complete my Masters in Venetian Art History. It felt a bit like finding the missing piece in a jigsaw.
I drew and drew, in between jobs working in galleries, on short films and making children’s fancy dress costumes.
By the time I illustrated my first book, One Lucky Duck by Alison Maloney (Meadowside Books 2005), I had a baby, and I’d paint whenever she napped. Fifteen years on I have two more children and have illustrated several more books … and have begun to write my own stories at last.
Recently I was granted ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ funding from the Arts Council England to spend time focusing on writing children’s books alongside my illustration practice. I’ve been very excited about having some lovely writing courses to attend in 2020, and am so grateful for the chance to really delve into this more deeply.
The lovely Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (British Isles) asked me to be their Featured Illustrator in September 2020 – you can read the article here, and there’s some quick fire questions here.