I have nearly 25 years experience of illustration and design and have illustrated well over a hundred titles.
Since I was a young child, I loved art, but I also loved my animals and wildlife too. I was very fortunate to be able to travel so extensively when I was young, and visited many countries and wildlife in their natural habitat. I also grew up in a family that loved animals,
so our house was always filled with dogs (four of them), cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters and snakes.
Today is no different, and my house is filled with furry love.
I'm proud to say that I've illustrated so many titles and worked for many large publishing houses,
but I have also worked for a number of high profile individuals.
In 2011 I had my work shown at The Mall Galleries in London for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
'The Best of Wildlife Art'.
As well as illustrating in different mediums (water colour, oil and chalk pastels, guash, acrylics, pencil and digital), I have also worked
in-house as sole and senior designer for two different Children's Publishing Houses.
I have designed books, toys (including soft toys), greeting cards, gift wrap, invitations, postage stamps, educational kits,
puzzles and logos.
Importantly, I also have a huge interest in child development and have done extensive training on the subject. The characters I illustrate need to connect with children. My training has covered different levels of mental and physical disabilities, the autistic spectrum and developmental trauma.
I do feel this has given me a huge understanding of what is important when working with and for children's products.
Recently, however, I've also studied different types of Dementia and Art during the 'lockdown'. I hope to take this further
and get involved with helping people with dementia and art.