I like to think my career as an Illustrator began nearly 40 years ago when I used to hideaway in my bedroom in the Sussex countryside, whiling away my time drawing Beatrix Potter characters and thumbing through my books illustrated by the fantastic Raymond Briggs. By my early teens I aspired to make Illustration my future profession. So I left school at the earliest opportunity preferring the freedom and creative environment of art school. I completed my first 3 years learning to draw and learning how to become an artist at my local art schools in Horsham and Worthing before graduating from Kingston University with a Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1992. I was extremely fortunate to be commissioned by Paper House to illustrate a series of greetings cards during my early years, whilst studying in Worthing, followed by a series of books for the nearby Educational Publisher Thomas Nelson and Sons whilst at Kingston University. Both provided me with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I then moved to London and my career as a children’s book illustrator began! I now have over 25 years of experience illustrating magazines and a variety of educational, activity, novelty, pop up and picture books. Some of my clients... Today I live in Lincolnshire with my 2 sons and my loyal Labrador Mr Bridger. I have recently enjoyed running my own classes teaching both adults and children to draw and encouraging them to be creative and experimental. I currently art mentor for Koestler Arts Trust based in London, helping to support others further their careers in their chosen art field which I find incredibly rewarding.
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