My stories come into the world pictures first. To explore the silent narrative between images and words, I studied visual communication and animation at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and later at the Edinburgh College of Art. My first tale was not a book but a wordless animated short film, Sitting Next to Bernie (screened at festivals from Newfoundland to Brazil). With a degree in Media Arts I transitioned into character and product design before returning to my first love; illustrating children’s books (an art form that involves 5,368 less drawings than a six minute film).Find Out More
While some of my art hangs on the walls of strangers, much of my work can be found in recycling bins covered in crayon scribbles and glue; a fitting end for any well-loved copy of my first activity book. With an affinity for deep moss, rain and rugged shores it was perhaps inevitable that I’d find myself on an island in the Salish Sea. My characters and their worlds are created in a studio on Salt Spring Island.