I was born in Yorkshire but raised in Australia. My work is informed by everyday interactions with people. I draw inspiration from those who make their living in a sustainable way using traditional, often forgotten crafts. This motivates my interest in rescuing old and curious objects, which I feel carry within them memories of the lives they’ve been part of. This inspires my illustration practice as I seek to personify the lifeforce held within these objects through anthropomorphic character development. I also draw inspiration from the moods of nature, which are for me metaphors of emotion. When drawing, I use a variety of mediums including pencil, paint, print, oil pastel, and 3-dimensional work.
The M A in Children’s book illustration course has challenged and helped me in every aspect to explore new ways of expressing a narrative.