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ALL ABOUT ME

I notice an accent- where are you from?

I grew up on the edge of Sydney, Australia, but now call San Francisco home. I live on top of Nob Hill and the cable cars rumble past my door.

 

What's your background in art?

I have a degree in Fine Art (painting) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and have taken many courses in illustration and design including at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Currently I am taking a bunch of Lilla Roger's MATS classes.

 

What brought you back to illustration?

I came to the US to study illustration, arriving in San Francisco just when the web was emerging and being at the epicenter for this new medium began designing websites. I did this for almost 20 years. I never forgot about my love of illustration and pattern design though and decided to return to these areas in 2017.

What are your favorite media?

I enjoy working in a variety of media, including felt and embroidery, watercolor, watercolor marker, gouache, collage, acrylic and oil paint as well as digital media. I also hand make felt toys felt toys based my original designs.

Why is there a lion in your logo?

One of the first books I remember reading with my mother was "Le Bon Lion" by Louise Fatio and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin that we borrowed from the public library.  For some reason they only had this book in French so it will always be "Le Bon Lion" to me. You might know this book as "The Happy Lion". I am a Francophile and on a visit to Paris I noticed how many statues of lions there are in Paris. My favorite of all is the lion in the Place de la Repbulique. If we need to meet in Paris, we will probably use this lion statue as the place for our rendez-vous.

My friendly lion reminds me to be brave but loving in my approach to life. 

"Always remember to practice away from your instrument"

My music teacher

MEDIA

I've been fortunate enough to be interviewed several times about my work:

Communication Arts Magazine:

I was recently featured in an article about offline work of online designers.

Pattern Camp

Jessica Swift of Pattern Camp featured

my work on her blog.

Blasting News

After Surtex, I was interviewed by Meegan

Meehan at Blasting News.com.

Surtex  Interview

Dariana Cruz interviewed my Camp

Collective Mates and me about SURTEX.