When I started school my teacher noticed signs of a budding artist so it was no surprise when, on leaving school, I studied art at the National Art School in Sydney. I had a vague ambition to be a painter, perhaps a portrait painter, but became instead a book illustrator. What influenced me was my lifelong love of reading. I especially like drawing children and animals and always have a sketchbook close at hand. My family are used to being called upon to be models, sometimes reluctantly!