I have been working as a freelance illustrator since graduating from Brighton University with a degree in illustration. My work covers a wide range of formats within the industry and more recently has begun to address social issues. My love for children's illustration really began during my travels in India after University. I embarked on a six week mural project there in a school in Tamil Nadu, which gave me such joy seeing the children's faces when they discovered each new mural in their classrooms. My real art critiques have been my three sons. Reading many a book to them over the years, has given me insight into what engages and delights children within a picture. It is often the charming moments captured between characters, hidden animals in the background or a sub story to follow alongside the main text.
You can see the short animation on youtube of the book Up Up Up I illustrated for Barefoot Books below.