The first books I remember were my dad's old blue bound AA Milne classics with 'decorations' (illustrations) by Ernest H. Shepard. These were stories and poems, including Christopher Robin and Winnie-The-Pooh, many of which I can recite to this day. I still have these tattered volumes, which I brought on the boat across the ocean from Ireland when I was very young. I also adored Dr Seuss, the worlds he created were fascinating to me. As with most artists, I was drawing at a young age, copying cartoons and anything I could get my hands on. Animals were always a big part of my life. I had hoped to be a vet one day but couldn't bring myself to dissect a frog in science class so chose to follow my other passion and draw and paint them instead.

I have been illustrating for 30 years.

After studying at OCAD I began my illustration career working in relief sculpture, later switching to water colour and finally digital art on her Wacom Cintiq. As an illustrator I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful clients around the world. My colourful illustrations of animals and images for young children have been used on a vast variety of projects including picture books, games, colouring books, e-books, magazines, displays, posters, t-shirts, products and web sites.

I am very particular about meeting deadlines and pride myself on producing consistent, high quality images. Over the years I have formed many long time relationships with clients with whom I have kept in touch. I have had lengthy contracts with several publications including Chickadee and Chirp Magazines where my work has been featured monthly for over two decades. I am an active member of SCBWI.

Today I am also a partner in The Branch Ranch, a boutique farm that grows ornamental branches. Please visit the company website to see more about the farm. www.thebranchranch.ca

Here is a partial client list:

Harcourt - US, UK
Oxford University Press - US, UK
Avex
Nestle
Disney
Visa
Scholastic
Whole Foods
British Airways
Kraft
Houghton Mifflin
Barnes and Noble
MacDonald's
Petcetera
Gymborie
Klutz
Innovative Kids
Sterling Publishing
National Geographic
NMRMA
Pearson UK
McGraw Hill
Highlights
Chirp
Chickadee

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