Children’s Author/Illustrator of picture books and junior fiction novels. Abstract artist.
To succeed is good, to fail is not so bad but to never have had a go is the saddest thing.
I have created this site so that I can share my books, paintings and illustrations with others. Writing and illustrating is like breathing, it is present in everything I do and the stuff of stories is drawn from the normal everyday things that happen. Ideas come while walking around the park or at the beach, chatting with a friend, haunting the children’s book section of our local bookstore or driving the car. Some books develop quickly, others take years. Looking back I can see a pattern but looking forward there is only an empty page or another blank canvas. The joy is in filling the pages and covering the canvases to see what is there.
Ideas come when I take the time to live life slowly and approach the world around me with an open mind. If you can see the stars at the end of the world they are not there.
Animals and the natural environment have always been an important part of my life. For years our family lived on small rural properties in the hills behind Perth and I was a horse riding teacher. I wrote my first published novel after the death of a beautiful welsh mountain pony called Chiko ridden by my daughter Hermine. My motivation was to write a horse and pony book that was unique to Western Australia; a book that the kids I had taught horse riding would easily relate to and enjoy. I was delighted when two of the books from the pony series won a children’s choice award.
During the three years as an abstract artist I have won awards for my paintings. Most recently my painting ‘Still Life’ was Highly Commended in the 2015 South Perth Emerging Artist Exhibition.
My paintings are, ‘a journey which explores in me the romance of the little cottage in the woods and the harsh reality of the real world… Another kind of language, filling the space between dreams and waking.’ In my art I try to speak to the natural world and the complex layers of human relation.
I work consistently using the various mediums to build the conversations I have with the marks, lines and colour. The results are conversations rarely said but deeply felt.
On this site you will find my books and illustrations, original art work plus prints and illustrations from some of the wonderful and talented illustrators I have had the privilege to work with. Also you will find photos, abstract paintings, the latest news plus information about my talks and workshops. Enjoy.
Most of the original art work is available on the shop art page but if you don’t find it there please contact me. I am happy to ship to anywhere in the world.