I’m an illustrator working in a beautiful bayside town near Melbourne, Australia. My illustrations and designs focus on colour, character and story. I have been illustrating for publishers and businesses since 2011. When I’m not drawing and designing I love to sew and cycle.
How can I help you?
We can work together starting with your project ideas. I create illustrations, and surface patterns for almost any use. Are you planning an important event or setting up a business? We can collaborate to create a colour palette and motifs to enhance the experience for your guests or customers.
What is Surface Pattern Design?
Patterns are all around us on products, fabrics, wallpapers and stationery. I create my patterns using Adobe Illustrator, a vector based program. This means the patterns can easily be scaled up or down without losing any quality by being pixelated.
In the beginning…
In 2006, when my children were still babies, (they’re huge now!) I returned to college to explore my love of art and drawing. I spent four years trying to learn how to draw well enough to illustrate children’s books. During this time I enjoyed running a local art class. In 2011 I was approached by Hachette Children’s Books to illustrate my first book.
Since that first contract, my career as an illustrator has been really varied. I have illustrated around 20 children’s picture books for many different publishers and organisations. My home surroundings and three busy children have always helped to give me ideas for scenes and characters.
Creativity and exploration have always been important to me. I started travelling at the age of 18, living in The Nederlands and Israel. After graduating I volunteered in Eritrea, East Africa for a year. I travelled on to Australia where I met my husband and returned to London. But the travelling didn’t stop there. We lived in Africa with our first child before migrating permanently to Melbourne.
Where do I work?
I’m really lucky to be able to work from home. I have a small studio with a view of the garden. My dogs keep me company and I pop out to check on the chickens during my breaks. The scene below is from ‘Eva’s Imagination’ by Wenda Shurety . It’s very similar to the space I work in at home.
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I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where I work and live, the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to Elders past and present. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.