As a child, I would often take a book, sketchpad and pencils and disappear into the woods at the back of our family home. At the end of the day I’d return home covered in pencil smudges and mud, bright eyed and full of stories (and occasionally with pockets full of frogs). The woods I lived in were not just found at the bottom of our garden but amongst the pages of the fairytales and myths I loved to read.
After more than a decade as a Primary school teacher, in 2017 I graduated from the prestigious Children’s Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art.
I still return to the woods daily, in between writing and illustrating books for children. Like the fairytales on which I was raised, much of my work contains elements of fantasy, often as a means of handling complex issues and telling multi-layered stories.