Wednesday, 11 November 2015


I have so much gratitude and thanks for living here in the UK. (although not perfect)
Two wonderful BIG HEARTED friends, Janey Schmidt and Cat Beech (here they are in animal form!) organised a collection in my Devon town, Ashburton for the Jungle in Calais and drove it and distributed it themselves.
There is still so much more WE CAN ALL DO to help, even if just a small donation.

MOAS Migrant Offshore Aid
MSF Medicine Sans Frontieres

2 Studio Cabrera!

I finally moved into my shared studio space in Ocean Studios in Plymouth.
It's a wonderful building!
I will be working on my non Children's book work here. Excited at the possibilities.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015


Sorry my dear blog, I have abandoned you of late!

For my creative updates it's best to follow me on Instagram or on my Facebook page.

Anyhow... My latest book is in the shops very soon in the USA. (Published by Holiday House.)
It's a modern fun twist on the traditional rhyme. All about knitting and giving. I really enjoyed working on this.

A lovely review in Kirkus review here.

Another in the School Library Journal, “While toddlers can enjoy the song and illustrations in Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, preschool audiences may have a greater appreciation for the book’s humor and literary references, making it a great storytime selection.”

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Oh yes...New books!

I am VERY excited to say that I am working on some new books to be published next year by Templar.
It is joy to be working again with the wonderful Art Director Genevieve Webster (of Rasta Mouse Fame) and the Fabby Editor (and writer) Alison Ritchie. A dream team to me, especially as they worked on my 1st book ever, Cat's Colours back in 1996. (Which still brings in the royalties!)
It is a slight side step in terms of my Artwork, using elements that I have been doing outside my Kids books for a while, including lots of hand printed patterns.
There's a Cat, there's a Lemur and there are surprises!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Treasure collections

I was inspired at 8 years old by a lady (Mrs Shackelton, I still remember her name) who I met on holiday here in Devon, to keep a nature table and I have been collecting objects of natural beauty every since.
I was also inspired by a childhood TV character, Mr Benn, who always bought home a souvenir to remember his magical journeys.

And my little Devon town of Ashburton is indeed full of treasures...
This week the lovely and talented Charlotte Chance had an exhibition of her magical and original work. (She bottles moments, memories and magic into exquisitely decorated bottle. She also did the packaging for this wishbone necklace for local jewellery maker Yumi Martin.)
My favourite exhibit was the small display draws, each draw had a different display inside. The top one is pictured here.

Also at North Street Gallery natural film maker Toby Strong had an exhibition of his atmospheric photographers beautiful arranged with all his treasures from around the world.

I have on my window ledge a small collection of my natural treasures (Bottom image) and all 3 inspired me to make the A2 work above.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I wanna be a part of it....NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

I really do love New York. Even when it is in the grips of finger freezin' arctic weather.

(Photos above, including, carved trunks at Anthropologie, presents and purchases including a book from the Maria Kalman Exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt and a poster by Christian Robinson at la Caza
bookstore, light selection of NY, I love the sieve one and mosaics on the metro.)

I just came back from dropping off my latest book to the most lovely publishers in the world, Holiday House.

I also went up to Vermont to visit dear friends.
(Photos below, including the frozen Hudson river from the train and a collage I made.)
All went too quickly, but came back to spring and lots of exciting news. More on that later...

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Colour in the grey

I hope 2015 has started well for you.

It is sometimes grey and cold here in Devon...but it's perfect weather to stay in and work on my new book, do a sketch a day (I've fallen behind already - oh well!) and snuggle in front of an open fire after a long walk on Dartmoor. I love the contrast of the light from the fire and candles in the darkness of winter.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Happy Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday time.
For me 2014 was a year of GRATITUDE. To have a wonderful home has bought such contentment.
A safe place to live, work, play and raise my kids.
(And a cosy place to be in during the darker months.)

I'm very aware that so many do not have this and saddened that so many any in the UK are in not in the same position. I'm angry that as the wealth gap grows, so does the ignorance and spite towards those struggling.
And still so much conflict is causing homelessness around the world. I especially wish I could help the people of Syria more.
Medecines sans frontières

Here's wishing PEACE and a place to call home to all in 2015.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Come on let's...

I do worry about where we are going in terms of energy consumption.

We are now slaves to our digital consumer durables; computers, phones, tablets, cameras, game consoles, music players and so on. And most are personal devises. They all need to be charged. My teen is a screen addict, I held off having a smart phone for years as I was conscious of the addictive nature of them and I am now hooked to Instagram and I hardly take a photo with a camera any more. What really bothers me is how they become 'old' or not compatable so quickly. Then more energy is needed to create new ones. And this is growing all over our world. Rapidly, It's crazy consumer times.

Anyhow take a look at The story of Stuff.
(I show this to my kids once a year)

There is no doubt that energy can improve our lives. I love my washing machine and lights, but it feels that most
everyday electronics all need to be plugged in and charged.

We need to try and get a balance.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Small portraits for sale

I've just added some of my small acrylic on canvas painting into my shop.
And don't forget they can get wrapped in my home made Christmas gift wrap too.