Growing up in the northernmost town in England, the southernmost town in France and the smallest country in Europe, books were my constant companions. Many times I fantasised about being accidentally locked into a bookshop overnight, preferably with a cat. I have always drawn, written and dreamt stories. My interest in art and narrative led me to study English and Art History at York University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, I discovered jobs that involved facilitating children’s creativity and eventually worked out how to survive as an adult and as an artist. Now, when without a sketchbook, my fingers start itching to draw.
The Masters has taught me how much I am capable of and helped me discover the best use for my artistic voice is in strengthening children’s imaginations through joy and humour. I like to use mono print and pencils and am always delving into explorations of colour. My appreciation of people’s puzzling charms and loveable flaws informs the way I draw characters. I aim to spend the rest of my life meeting new characters in my drawings and making stories for them in books. There is nothing more magical.