I am an illustrator currently living in the South Island, New Zealand. I have been working as an illustrator for just a few years, previously I worked with old photographs in a museum, and before that I was a graphic designer.
I use a range of media - watercolour, gouache, graphite and coloured pencil. Photoshop is also an important part of my process.
I think some people just have to make things. It is in their DNA. If I can’t make something, whether that is illustrating or cooking or sewing or gardening, I don’t feel like myself!
I often have ideas, imagery or themes in my head that just have to come out. Other times I will look through my many old sketchbooks for ideas.
I know I have to eat well, and sleep well, and get out of my studio and into the outdoors on a regular basis. I also set aside time to work in my sketchbook. I try to keep this as a place where I can make mistakes and experiment with new techniques.
My favourites are always the projects I am working on at that time!
Taking the Make Art That Sells courses by Lilla Rogers gave me a whole heap of confidence and the tools to create work for licensing. Before taking these courses I was unsure of the direction to take my work.
My inspirations come from the everyday, my garden, the birds, insects and animals around and the outdoors. I also love contemporary Japanese illustration and the work of William Morris.
I haven’t felt any prejudice myself, but I am surrounded by supportive and open people.
When I am "in the moment" painting and drawing! And taking my dog for a walk.
I think it is important to make the time to create as often as possible. You have to prioritise over things like housework! Also, being brave and sharing your work online - you never know who will see it!
At the moment I am doing some personal projects to develop my children’s book illustration skills - this is an area I would love to do more work in, so I am spending my spare time working on bringing more character and narrative into my work.