I was born in Bankstown, NSW in 1970 and grew up with a fantasy world at my doorstep. Next to the house ran a creek: in one direction was a state forest with pirate caves, precarious bridges over deep gorges and mammoth trees as far as the eye could see; in the other direction , a network of tunnels (some would say 'sewers') that ran underground to all parts of the neighbourhood. Needless to say, I didn't spend much time indoors. But if it were raining (and I was forced to stay undercover) I would read, read, read.

I grew up fighting crime and solving mysteries with the Hardy Boys and Alfred Hitchcock's 'Three Investigators'. I drank magic potions and ate wild boar with Asterix and Obelix. But most of all I enjoyed travelling the globe and foiling villainous plots with Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock.

It was these latter books which turned my attention to drawing. Before illustrating became a source of income I spent time in academia and the "real world". For a number of years I taught pyschology to second year students in my position as an assistant lecturer. From there I escaped to the hurly burly and glamour of web and graphic design. This gave me the opportunity to express my creativity on a daily basis, as well as the chance to seek jobs that required an illustrator's touch.

I am now a Melbourne-based freelance illustrator, Tolkien tragic and lover of all things fae. My most recent highlight was the chance to illustrate the Faraway Fairies series, written by Eleanor Coombe for Lothian Childrens' Books which was chosen as one of the 50 Books You Can't Put Down by Books Alive, an initiative of the Australian Government and the Australian Council for the Arts.

The role my grandmother played in all of this >