I was born in Bath, Wiltshire and moved to Kent when I was six. I always loved drawing from an early age and remember being asked by my school mates to draw rabbits for them! After school I studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury where I achieved a BA degree in Painting. I moved to London in 1995 and stumbled through many different jobs until I started painting portraits and studying children’s illustration at Putney School of Art. Here I produced my first dummy book for Small Florence, which was then published and started my dream career as an author illustrator.
In 2007 I wrote my own course on writing and illustrating picture books which I have been teaching ever since in local libraries, bookshops, and more recently at the House of Illustration. I regularly visit schools and enjoy drawing for children.
I am represented by The Catchpole Agency.
‘Monkey and the Little One’
2015 Shortlisted for the Junior Design Awards
‘Back to Front and Upside Down’
2013 US Schneider Family Book Award for the depiction of disability in a picture book
2013 US Paterson Prize for continued excellence
2010 Shortlisted for Mad About Books Stockport Schools’ Book Award
‘Lucy and the Bully’
2009 US Paterson Prize for Books for Young People