As an illustrator & picture book maker, I have worked commercially for the last 19 years within the design and publishing world. My work has a strong narrative aesthetic, I work with my own text as story teller and that of other authors. As an artist I have expanded my visual repertoire through fine art drawings, paintings & prints. My personal work often incorporates a love of people & place, folk lore and stories local to me.
My first children's book The Lady Who Lived In A Car (Pavilion Books) was based on a real person and was a story close to my heart. It was nominated for a Book Trust Early Years Award for Best New Illustrator, I dedicated it to my Mum who died of cancer at the time. I was also chosen to illustrate a book of Love Poems (Orion) to coincide with the BBC Radio 4 series Love Please. Editorially I have worked for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio Times, BBC Gardeners World, The Times, Waitrose Magazine and Marie Claire where I illustrated their fashion page each month. I have also been a Visiting Lecturer in Illustration at The University of Bournemouth.
I exhibit every August for the Bridport Open Studios, the town where I live with my husband also an illustrator, our two children Howie & Kitty and our two Guinea pigs Arlo Sunshine and James Sparkles.