I’m a freelance illustrator based in Chorlton,
Manchester. I’ve made a living from my art for the past 34 years. Originally
from Shirebrook a small mining village in Derbyshire, I studied at Chesterfield
College of Art and Design where I found my love of illustration and design.
In 1983 I moved up to Manchester to work as an
animator in children’s television for five years before going freelance. Since
then I have worked freelance as an illustrator for children’s books and my work
has been published worldwide.
For the past 3 years I’ve been developing a new
look with my style and I now love licensing my illustrations for products,
textiles, wall art, cards and gift wrap.
I’m always producing new work and I
have a head and sketch books full of ideas.
All my work is hand- drawn and painted in
gouache, felt-tip pens and coloured pencils in a messy way. I then scan and play
around in photoshop. I’ve recently started to build up my images in layers which
is now opening lots of new opportunities for me.
My tiny home and studio is on the edge of chorlton
meadows/nature reserve so with beautiful wildlife and plants all around I’m
never short of inspiration!
I’ve just set up an Instagram feed so I can
sometimes post work in progress, little experimental pieces, work just
published, as well as plenty of cat photos. A little journal of my creative
I can’t think of anything better I’d rather do
than go into my studio everyday followed by my old cat Pablo, radio on,
paintbrush in hand, coffee and biscuits at the ready and paint all day.