All through my childhood in Luxembourg and France, we had animals at home, and I was never happier than exploring the woods which bordered our house with only my dog as a companion. I longed to live in the woods with the deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits. I imagined their houses, snug and cosy among the roots of the ancient trees, or perhaps grander, ornate lairs somewhere I hadn’t yet discovered.
Those feelings are alive in me still and have a huge influence on all my work.
I obtained a BA degree in Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone University in Dundee. Subsequently I completed a series of courses in contemporary book illustration with author/illustrator Claire Alexander. I have also studied puppetry and puppet making with the Little Angel Theatre in Islington.
I am influenced by early Cartoons and the naïve surrealism of old children’s book illustrators, these were a great source of inspiration to me, kindling my imagination and enriching the pleasure of the stories of my childhood.
My artwork tends to be simple, but with a sophisticated or stark colour palette. The characters I create, whether little girls or anthropomorphic animals are eccentric, humorous, emphatic, and a touch surreal. I want to develop my own narrative, create frivolous and quirky drawings but most of all I strive to capture people’s imagination.
A few of my influences include Mary Blair, Maurice Sendak, Benjamin Rabier, Winsor McCay, Tove Jansson, Quentin Blake, Judith Kerr and Takei Takeo.
My book “What I Think About When I Think About Swimming” is available on amazon, and was listed in The Independent as one of the 10 best children's books of 2014!