My Story

Hi again! I am an illustrator, designer, educator and published children's book author living in sunny Los Angeles (with my badly behaved cat Mugglewump).   I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design ('04) with a BFA in illustration.  After graduation, I moved back to England, and lived in London for seven years.  During this time I made editorial illustrations for some magazines, these included Diva Magazine and The Guardian's Weekend Magazine, exhibited my work, and illustrated two children's books, The Good Little Wolf for A&C Black (now Bloomsbury), and Hector for Templar Publishing.  I also worked in children's television as an art director for the BBC - as well as for various independent production houses - on well know programs such as Mister Maker, Blue Peter, Finger Tips, Show Me, Show Me and Justin Time.  Additionally, I was commissioned to make custom pieces for the sets, and was in charge of designing arts and crafts projects in the instances of Blue Peter, Mister Maker and Finger Tips.  It was a LOT of fun!

Eventually, I took a trip to Central America and during my holiday, a water sports footwear client I had worked with in London, Teva, sent me an email asking me if we could schedule a call.  I found an internet cafe (in the depths of Guatemala), and by the end of the conversation found myself in an extraordinary position.  I  had been commissioned to write and illustrate a story about a real life Humboldt penguin living at the Santa Barbara Zoo who had been born with a damaged foot and was unable to go in the water.  The clever people at Teva had invented a special pair of booties so he could swim with the others!  They wanted to produce a children's book  commemorating their incredible story, which was to be given away with each pair of Teva children's shoes purchased throughout the USA and to be sold at the Santa Barbara Zoo- the proceeds of which went to the safe keeping of the penguins.  The story gained much media attention and was featured on the national news in the USA as well as The Today Show.  Little did I know that my penguin adventures were only just beginning...

After what became an incredible year in Central America (with frequent visits to California), I decided to move back to the USA.  A year or two after that I met my wonderful editor and publisher at The Blue Sky Press, Scholastic who saw my penguin illustrations and a new story I had written about them and fell in love.  After lots of hard work and finessing, Penguins Love Colors was born!  Released in September 2016 with the Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, and November with the trade department, The book did extremely well and is currently a finalist in the prestigious One Book 4 Colorado Award!  The next book, Penguins Love Their Abc's was released in September 2017, and the third book, Penguins Love Snowmen, A Counting Book will be released September 2018.

Recently I have been designing and illustrating fabric.  My debut quilting fabric collection with Connecting Threads, based on Penguins Love Colors was just released, and my second collection, Farm and Garden will be released in the spring.  I have also been making illustrations and designs for wrapping paper, greeting cards, home goods and more fabric!  I'm excited to share updates in my news section.

As you will see from the examples of my work on this site, some of my favorite themes to work with include, but are not limited to; family, siblings, food, animals  and nature.  I get my inspiration from all sorts of places - quite literally - as you may have guessed by now, I like to travel.  I also watch lots of films, I love the old ones; Roman Holiday and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? are a couple of my favorites.  I adore animation,  follow pattern blogs and sites like Pattern Observer and Print and Pattern and am of course an avid collector of children's books.  I admire lots of different artists work, some of my favorite illustrators include Molly Idle, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ivan Eryle, Mary Blair, Herve Moran, Saul Bass and Polly Becker.  I absolutely must be immersed in nature on a regular basis.  I love animals, reading (I always have at least three books on the go), interesting clothes and rummaging through a good junk shop in search of hidden treasure.

I am a proud member of the SCBWI and The Chelsea Arts Clubs.