I’m a freelance illustrator who has worked with a number of publishers including Simon & Schuster, Paula Wiseman Books, Walker Books, Faber & Faber, Little Tiger Press, Frances Lincoln and Albert Whitman & Co. In 2017 ‘WATERSONG‘ by Tim McCanna and illustrated by myself, was included in the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2017 list, also the National Council of Teachers of English, named ‘WATERSONG’ a 2018 Notable Poetry Book. It also received a starred Kirkus review.

I love working with picturebooks because no matter how simple the narrative, you can always read between the lines – the only limit is your imagination! Every book I work on is an adventure in itself. The process and collaboration that is involved in the creation of a picturebook is very enjoyable, every book I work on I learn something new.

Represented by Plum Pudding Agency

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