I grew up in a country town next to a river.
I was always drawing on scraps of paper and building inventions from my 1920’s Boy’s Book of Hobbies (written by the emphatically British Cecil H. Bullivant).
My dream was to be a world famous illustrator…or a train driver with a blue hat…or a circus master with a curly moustache.
At the age of 17, I realised one of my dreams by becoming a children’s book illustrator.
Since then I’ve illustrated over twenty books for publishers including Walker Books, Bonnier, Koala Books and Penguin-Random House. I’ve designed over a hundred greeting cards for my family enterprise, Creations in a Teapot, painted large ‘grown up’ gallery artwork and travelled across Australia presenting illustration workshops and seminars in schools and festivals.
I call it my job. How cool is that!
FIVE THINGS ABOUT ME
1) I love growing oak trees – I’ve planted over fifteen varieties on my hill.
2) I have a super-charged, energetic Border Collie dog called Lacie.
3) My studio is so messy I use acrobatic methods including jumping, skipping and swinging to reach my desk.
4) I once built a boat from an old kitchen sink. Its maiden voyage lasted five glorious minutes before the plug exploded. Like a good captain I went down with my ship.
5) I have a large collection of woolly beanies, but most of them are lost. I suspect they were eaten by a fiercely-hungry-beanie-eating monster.