Thursday, November 19, 2015

new website

my new and improved website is up with lots of new content! including a preview of my new book Crescendo, which i'll share more of soon.

Friday, November 6, 2015

the view from here

quiet morning desk.
the light in november, fleeting and precious.
there is a book i made last year, about a castle, which my Nina loves to flip open. there are many pictures on my desk from the past months. watercolours and crayons and pencil rubbed out.  They wait to see the light of day, to be turned into books, and put onto shelves.
How did i end up here, doing what i do? i could've never imagined.
i find it difficult, to use this space, after so many years. but then it's nice to come back, and look, and remember.

here is a song by two wonderful people i had the pleasure to meet this summer. such a great album.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

new book

I can finally announce that the book I illustrated for walker books by author Michael Morpurgo is out! It's called My father is a polar bear, it's a beautiful autobiographical story, and my first official picture book!

This book is dear to me, first because this is the first international publisher I've ever worked with, and it's been a pleasure. secondly, because I made it in the last months of pregnancy and first months of nina's life. A real labour of love. you can find it in bookshelves across  the UK, the US and Australia and on amazon.

here is some artwork and character sketches from the book.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


my latest illustration for uk greeting card company cardnest.
photo by cardnest.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


a couple of bouquets I made for nina's daycare teachers, the loveliest of people! also some images from the last couple of months. lots of road trips and shelling of peas and, finally, the migration of crayons from mouth to paper, and the organizing of toy space with wooden cubes.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

storytime magazine

I just received a little package in the mail from storytime magazine. It's a beautiful publication full of advertisement free illustrated stories.
I used to read magazines like this as a child, they had the most wonderful illustrations, and audiotapes with the most theatrical readings of the stories. Anyway here are a few samples from the one I illustrated, a shortened form of the secret garden. they really picked the right story for me and my botanical obsession!

ps, went to see this amazing gal play last night, totally blew me away. here's a song.

Friday, May 22, 2015

a newspaper

life is full and busy! i've started collaborating with italian newspaper corriere della sera, for their food section of course.
here are some samples.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

sketchbook lately plus a little interview

have been quite busy lately, and happily so. i recently started two new picturebooks, and have been quite swamped with editorial work. sometimes i feel like my body is taking the shape of the chair, if it weren't for the little monkey's regular and pleasant interruptions.

on a personal note, i was recently interviewed by the lovely ladies over at museradio (an online podcast series about creatives and their work). here is the interview (hoping i won't bore the heck out of you with my life story)! photo below by Kat Tan.

Monday, February 16, 2015

coming home

here is a big tree illustration i made for my sister when she got married a couple of years ago, which i never photographed.

just got back from two months in australia. we went to melbourne to do a stop motion animation workshop for the state library of victoria (the kids were amazing!)

actually, australia is amazing, and i often wonder why i ever left.
among the general merryment and gallavanting around perth beaches parks and rivers, i also managed to finish a book project and start another, while nina turned one and started walking. great achievements all round.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

early harvest

some illustrations for this year's early harvest magazine. the magazine is put together and edited by a group of melbourne kids through 100 story building's literacy program.
above is the cover illustration, below are the first pages where the editorial goes.