a little bit of background about me

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I am really quite obsessed with drawing and doodling, and my handbag usually contains a small sketchbook and some pencils as well as the usual contents.

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I am an artist and graphic designer living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Originally from the UK, I emigrated here in 2006. My background is in the Creative Industries and I have over 20 years experience as a graphic designer. However, my real "calling" is creating illustrations.

I am Mum to 2 teenagers, and a 2 year old fluffy toy cavoodle who goes by the name of Daisy. As I work mostly from home, she is also my work colleague and confidant, and gives me lots of encouragement in the way of licks and cuddles.

My process involves lots of sketches and initial drawings, then fine detailed line work with ink, followed by a combination of alcohol markers, watercolour paints, collage and metallic acrylics.

I find inspiration in Asian illustration, manga and anime art, but also classic artists from the Art Deco and Nouveau movements, such as Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, George Barbier and William Morris, all known for their beautiful decorative styles.