I was born in the UK and grew up near London, where I loved to write and illustrate my own stories. I studied graphic design in Hull (in the North of England), where I specialised in Illustration for the final two years of the course.
My first big break, a picture book commission, was a story about two cats - "Max and Minnie" for Little Tiger Press. I went on to write and illustrate over 30 children's books, which were translated into many languages, including French, Urdu and Japanese.
After the birth of our third son we moved to India for three years. I was especially fascinated by the textiles that I saw, with their vibrant colours, prints and embroideries.
We returned to England but the grey skies and icy Yorkshire winters had lost some of their appeal. During a trip to New Zealand, we fell in love with Tahunanui beach and decided that Nelson was where we wanted to live.
We finally moved to New Zealand in 2010. Since then, my paintings have become bolder, the colours more vivid. I use acrylic paints, sometimes with pastes and collage to give texture. The New Zealand landscape with its native birds and flowers continues to be an inspiration to me.
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