Before I even knew what natural history illustration was, I was drawing birds and plants from a young age. My two most treasured possessions growing up were a large tin of Derwent Artist pencils and a huge book on Australian birds.
Most of my free time was spent outside playing, climbing trees, chasing bees and butterflies, and bringing home cicada wings, feathers, seed pods.
I knew that I wanted a career in art or environmental science when I left school, and the job security of the latter won me over. Shortly after finishing a natural resources degree at University of New England and getting a job in the Hunter Valley, I discovered Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle – my dream blend of science and art just down the road!
Quite a few years passed before I took the plunge to go part-time while I studied my passion. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and in my final year of study, I was honoured to receive the Margaret Senior Wildlife Illustration Award.
These days, I'm still working part-time as an environmental advisor while I raise a young family and kick off my illustration business. I hope you enjoy browsing my pages and please contact me if you would like more information on what I do, or if you are interested in commissioning an artwork.