I’m absolutely crazy about nature and animals. I studied Animal Behaviour at University and then worked in Jersey Zoo until I trained as a Veterinary Nurse and eventually completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Last year I became one of ZSL London Zoo’s ‘Artists for Animals’.
I know illustration and veterinary nursing may not seem like the most obvious combination, but I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge of animals with people and find that art is the best way to help people to engage with them.
While I was doing my MA I discovered the print rooms and after some initial trepidation I was hooked! I make a lot of my images using traditional relief printing techniques such as vinyl cuts and collographs. It takes much longer than drawing or painting to produce the images, and until you print them you can never be completely sure how they will look, but I love all the happy little accidents that make each print unique.
I’m very excited about the recent publication of my debut children’s picture book with Boxer Books called ‘How much does a Ladybird weigh?’ The book is a counting book about weight which uses an array of native wild animals to explain how heavy each animal is relative to the others. You can purchase a copy here.
As an animal behaviourist and veterinary nurse I am very keen to use my knowledge of animal anatomy and behaviour to produce accurate images of animals for both functional and educational purposes. At the moment I am working on a body condition scoring project at ZSL London Zoo and in the past I've produced educational dog safety illustrations for Wood Green - The Animals Charity.
If you are interested in commissioning any images please get in touch.
CHILDREN'S ART ACTIVITIES
Over the last two years I’ve been heavily involved with children’s arts facilitation as part of ZSL London Zoo’s arts and culture program. I’ve designed and implemented art workshops for children of all ages. I have a clean DBS check and current insurance.
If you are interested in booking me to teach children’s art activities, please get in touch. I'm happy to tailor classes to specific age ranges or topics, provided they are related to animals or nature.