I grew up in the south of England, painting, sewing and making miniature houses full of tiny furniture and people. I lived in Hong Kong as a teenager, but went on to train as an illustrator in Bath.
After gaining my illustration degree, I set up in business with help from the Prince's Youth Business Trust, and in the 25 years since, I have worked as an illustrator for a huge range of clients. My work has won awards and been published all over the world. I don't take my success for granted, and am always trying out new techniques and pushing my work on as far as I can. I am grateful to be working at something I love doing.
I am also a creative workshop tutor, and love sharing my enthusiasm for illustration with those who are just starting out on their creative journeys. I find it very rewarding and inspiring, and get so much from the exchange of ideas. My top tip? Keep a sketch book.
I have just been Artist in Residence at a nearby school, where I painted a series of portraits and got over 300 students involved in a creative project - it was great!
In my spare time, I usually have a side project on the go - silversmithing, metalwork, dress making, woodwork, needle felting, to name a few, but retreating to my new shed to paint is my current favourite.
I still live in the south of England, with my husband, son and cat, in a small house full of paintings, books and all the things I have made.