I’m an illustrator, mostly working in mixed media collage. My favourite things to draw are currently bears, orangutans and tigers, but I’ve collaged everything from romantic woodlice to Henry VIII and have lately been working in ink, too.
My children’s books include The Birthday Crown (Royal Collection Trust), The Little Red Hen (Barefoot Books), ABC London (Frances Lincoln) and Magpie’s Treasure (Andersen Press).
Alongside work for publishing, editorial and advertising clients, I’ve also created several large scale installations and window displays, the most exciting of which was exhibited in a chapel on the National Trust's Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland (and even led to me appearing on Blue Peter!). You can see the enormous Farnes Flock, made up of 400 life-sized birds, here. More recently I was commissioned to paint 100 ink illustrations, one every day in the run up to Armistice Day, to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. 100 Years, 100 Days was exhibited in St Lawrence’s Church in Hilmarton, Wiltshire.
I also design and sell a range of gift and homeware, available to buy on Etsy and Not on the High Street and in independent shops across the UK. If you’re interested in stocking my products, please see my wholesale page.
I studied illustration at Kingston University (2005-2008). I grew up on a beautiful farm in deepest Staffordshire and, after living in London for a few years, I returned to my green, muddy roots and now work from my studio in the village, in a room piled high with paper, watched over by Gladys (Labrador, lunatic, hound of dreams).
Apart from illustrating, I’m usually found ambling across the fields with Gladys (or chasing after Gladys, chasing after pheasants), running, reading, singing in Lichfield Gospel Choir and practicing yoga.
This year, I’m running the London Marathon for the third time for Refuge. As part of my fundraising I’m currently organising a big collaborative artwork between lots of amazing female artists for International Women’s Day. You can read more about the Refuge Tree here.
Andersen Press, Barefoot Books, Frances Lincoln Publishers, Macmillan Children's Books, Oxford University Press, Passion Pictures, Random House Children's Books, Simon and Schuster, The BBC, The Guardian, The National Trust, The Natural History Museum, The Royal Collection Trust, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Walker Books, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
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