I graduated with a Upper Second B.A.Hons Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Norwich School of Art in 1989 and since then have worked for a wide range of publishers and designers including BBC Gardeners World Magazine, The Met Office, British Gas, Sainsburys, Fortnum and Masons, Barefoot Books, Oxford University Press, Nelson Thornes Ltd, Scholastic, Lion Publishing, Dorset County Council, Poole Borough Council, The Jurassic Coast, Centerparcs and many more.
Jobs have included illustrated maps for nature reserves and themed walks, character designs for stickers for local council sea front recycling bins and a Hampshire Farm Park, long running monthly cartoons for a Homes and Interiors magazine,logo design and illustration for a range of business types, cover illustrations for Holiday Cottage brochures, corporate Christmas card designs, a shop sign and logo for a local Thai restaurant, illustrations for a range of 47 jam and preserves labels, a large range of graphic style illustrations in red, black and grey for a multi media performance about 20th Century Russian History, illustrations of Dorset Buildings in historical settings for an educational story book bag project, and many many more!
My work combines narrative and figurative elements, drawing, printmaking, painted textures, and surface pattern design, often incorporating my own words and hand drawn lettering.
In my personally inspired work, I love working on personal narratives, folk tales, cartoons, children's books and literature, landscapes, architecture, birds and nature, the sea and its creatures, both mythical and real, along with its symbols, stories and characters.
I also have experience in visiting schools as an artist and in running art workshops and projects in different venues, and create mural works in private and public spaces, examples of which can be found in the Projects and Events section here.
In my spare time I love to get out and about in the beautiful Dorset Countryside where I live, and to go mountain biking, swim, work on my little allotment, draw, have great times with friends and above all be mum to my son who was born in 2005 and who keeps me nice and busy.