I’m an Australian children’s book illustrator and author.
I grew up wanting to be a train driver, a circus master (with a curly moustache) or an children’s book illustrator.
I achieved one goal by signing my first book contract aged seventeen. Without training in illustration and no previous experience beyond newspaper cartooning, I learnt to storyboard and design page spreads within the three month deadline.
I work in traditional mediums that range from watercolour and gouache to charcoal, pencils and inks to achieve creative (and often messy) effects. I’m constantly fascinated experimenting in new methods of paint application.
When I’m not illustrating I travel Australia presenting illustration workshops and talks in educational institutions. Meeting the audience of my books is one of the most rewarding parts of my profession.
I call it my job.
SIX FACTS ABOUT ME
1) I love growing oak trees – I’ve planted over fifteen varieties on my hill.
2) I have a crazy Border Collie dog called Lacie. She chases birds in trees.
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.
6) My favourite vegetable is kale. I’ve never met anyone else that likes it.