I’ve always loved books and loved picture making: so children's book illustration is my perfect occupation. As a child I never felt quite happy without both a book in my bag and a pencil in my hand. Growing up I have been very lucky and had some wonderful jobs with children, teachers and museums. People, objects and places continually fed me with stories and poems. They continue to provide me with an ever growing source of inspiration, real and imaginary. I always start with drawing but never know quite what will happen next. I delight in discovering a visual compliment to a text whether its printed or painted, collaged or uses digital media. And I am constantly amazed by the power of stories and pictures to engage children in creating their own worlds, often beyond the imagination of the adults they know. It’s a wonderful privilege to be part of that process.