I am a queer, feminist artist, illustrator, storyteller and teacher. I am originally from Derbyshire in England, but have been living in Switzerland for 10 years.
My illustrations are made through a mixed-media approach, using a combination of digital drawing and colour, often combined with hand-made textures from watercolour, ink and pastels. My artwork is distinctive for its loose, lively line, emotion, intimacy and atmosphere. I am particularly interested in portraying human stories and relationships. This fresh and distinctive approach is suited to a range of projects, from children’s publishing through to adult covers and editorial work. Past clients include Cricket Magazine, Family Matters Parenting Magazine, MDLM Books, Custom Food Lab, Folkestone Pride and Kent Wildlife Trust.
I am particularly inspired by family life, old things and the beautiful countryside surrounding me in Switzerland. The changing colours, fractal patterns and textures of the landscape continually influence my work. As a sun chaser my obsession with the weather, the way it affects light, colour and mood, also feeds into my pictures.
I also love the immediate and vibrant nature of children's art, folk art/traditions and modern art. My favourite artists include Kandinsky, Klee, Hundertwasser, Rothko and Miro, as well as children's illustrators such as Helen Stephens, Shirley Hughes, Alois Carigiet, Quentin Blake, Benji Davies and John Burningham.
I also run the Storycraft Studio in Rüschlikon and have taught creative classes to hundreds of children, as well as managing collaborative projects in art festivals and in schools in the UK and Switzerland. I have been awarded three art grants, the most recent in 2023 for an exhibition and related workshops, ‘Stories in a Suitcase’, to be held as part of Thalwil Kultur Tag Festival in June.
When I'm not making, I love camping with my family, pottering through markets and exploring new places. Coming from the North of England I also enjoy drinking a lot of tea ... preferably made in a pretty teapot! See what I’ve been drawing, dreaming and doodling on Instagram.