I was born in Wiltshire and studied visual communications at Wolverhampton University where I got a B.A. (Hons) degree in Illustration.
I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator mainly in children’s publishing for over 25 years and during that time have been lucky enough to work on all kinds of fun books as well as food and toy packaging, children's clothing, stationery and greetings cards.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing and have always loved coming up with stories and characters, it’s so rewarding to hear that your illustrations have touched people or made them smile.
I really can’t imagine doing anything else and am so lucky to make my living doing something I love.
I currently live in the beautiful South West of England. When I’m not working I love walking in the countryside, taking photographs, reading books, going to a good pub with friends or family and dreaming about chocolate cake being calorie free!
1. Strictly Come Dancing or Britain’s Got Talent?
Ooh definitely Strictly for me, I love Strictly! Total escapism and you can never have too many sequins, glitter, feathers or mirrorballs!
I’m a real magpie for anything sparkly and glittery so for me it’s heaven. I love watching how people progress, I have done the odd dance class over the years and know how hard it is to learn a routine, so am totally in awe of what they manage to learn in a week.
I could never remember mine, and I had about 6 weeks to learn just one!
2. Paint or Pixels?
This is a tricky one, as I love both.
I create all my illustrations digitally using Photoshop. There are so many fantastic PS brushes now, I always get excited trying new ones out.
I do miss getting a bit messy with real paint, but I’m not sure I could survive without undo now! I really enjoy joining in with #inktober and that gives me an excuse to break out my sketch book, brushes and pens.
I am very lucky as my partner is in the process of building me an outside studio. I’m planning to use that for painting, maybe a bit of sculpture and crafty things... a place to switch off from deadlines, so I am very excited about having the best of both worlds!
3. Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy? ( thought I’d slip in a bit of culture ;P)
Well, I have to say I have read a lot more Dickens, and have only read The Mayor of Casterbridge so it would be Dickens for me.
I did Great Expectations for my English literature O level (showing my age!) and I loved it, Magwitch creeping about in the graveyard, and you can’t really beat Miss Havisham for a character can you? I love the 1946 film starring John Mills too, so memorable... I would definitely score more points on Dickens in a pub quiz round!!
4. Pasta or Noodles?
Mmm, I do love both but I’d have to go for noodles - can’t beat a chicken chow mein. The only thing that would make it even better was if it came in the noodle boxes like you always see in films; I’m sure you do get them served in them in some places but not where I live! I crave a noodle box of noodles!…also my cat is called Dottie Noodle, so she’s definitely my favourite noodle!
5. Iron Man or Thor?
It would have to be Iron Man, I’ve probably watched the Iron Man films far too many times!