I wrote and illustrated my first book aged six. It was rather randomly called ‘The Two Football Socks’ and was dedicated to my brother following a sports injury. Its readership only amounted to four but, undaunted, I decided that illustration was the career for me.
I studied illustration at City and Guilds Art School and since then have produced artwork for greetings cards, magazines, books and packaging. All my images are hand painted with watercolour and then, sometimes, edited digitally.
I love drawing maps. For years I produced illustrated shopping maps for Homes and Gardens and that has evolved into painting maps on walls (see ‘Murals’) and designing a series of customisable London maps. You can order these in my shop.
In recent years I’ve had the opportunity to travel and this has had a huge influence on my work. In India I filled my sketchbooks with paintings of ladies in sarees which led me to develop a style of portrait in which I try to capture the feel of a person without painting their face.
I work from my home studio in London which I sometimes share with my daughter and always with my border terrier, Jumble.