Art is like a second language to me and, when I write, I often feel as though I’m painting a picture in words. I work on paper in watercolour, pen and ink, and gouache. On canvas, I work in acrylic paints. I also illustrate with digital media, using Procreate for iPad.
My areas of interest include narrative fiction, narrative non-fiction, educational and editorial work. I have had a regular column in the children’s section of the Australian Mensa Magazine, writing and illustrating science topics such as the stuff-factories inside stars, how colour works, and how to care for native bees. Being a nerd at heart, I get pretty excited about researching, writing and illustrating interesting new topics.
I’ve been able to indulge that love for learning recently, having just finished illustrating a book for an educational social enterprise, SheMaps. The entire process has been so interesting, and using my artistic skills to represent tricky concepts in a way kids can understand has been very satisfying. I love finding ways to spark interest for kids,
In addition to narrative work, I draw from life, being especially interested in life on different scales: the hugeness of the universe, our human scale compared to that of insects and tiny creatures, and the hidden microscopic world.