|Age Levels:||5-10 and 11-13|
|Will Travel:||< 500 miles|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
I was born and raised in Winchester, Hampshire. After spending some time in London, I later moved to Wiltshire, where I live with my young family. I was a full time teacher for 16 years but I am now fortunate to be able to devote more of my time to illustrating. I have worked with some great authors since 'taking the plunge' over 3 years ago. Several books have now been published and more are on the way!
I have always enjoyed painting and drawing and I am passionate about illustration. During my career as a teacher, I often used my art in teaching to illustrate stories and poems with my classes.
My inspiration comes from a love of books and poetry and my work is influenced by a wide variety of different authors and poets, primarily children's authors. My style is typically using bright and bold colours to portray humanistic animals and characters from well-known tales. I also enjoy sketching caricatures of pets and other animals.
During my career as a full time teacher, I ran different 'Storytelling' and 'Illustration' clubs for primary children.