Drawing, reading and horses were my big passions as a youngster. After I attended art college in my home country of England, I ran away to sea and joined the Royal Navy. Now I'm doing what I've always dreamed of - illustrating and writing children's books.
I was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK and moved to America in 2000. I live and work in Maine. (I still miss fish and chips and mushy peas, but I'm learning to love lobster!). I have two dogs, Toby, (who you can see in the photo) and Lucy. Plus a cat called Sleep. Toby is featured in my first book as author and illustrator from Candlewick Press.
If you'd like to talk to me about an illustration project, a visit to your school or library, buy a signed book or just say 'hi', please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My agent is Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd., NYC.
Thanks for dropping by!
Find me on line at all the usual places and check out my childhood memories blog 'Look back in Candour'.
Recent awards/recognitions include:
Bronze Award Children's Books SILA
Bank Street's Best of Children's Books
Forewords Review BOTYA Gold Medal
Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Library Best Book List
Chicago Library Best Book List
Maine State Libraries 'Cream of the Crop'
The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Books
Reading is Fundamental Choice Book
PAL member SCBWI
Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Publishing, DownEast Books, Highlights, ABDO/Magic Wagon, Kane Miller, Freespirit, Reading A-Z and SCBWI.
Do Fairies Bring The Spring? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2017
Toby by Hazel Mitchell Candlewick Press 2016
Kenya's Art (by Linda Trice) Charlesbridge Publishing 2016
I Love You, Animally (by Lynn Parrish Sutton) Kane Miller 2015
Where do Fairies go When it Snows? (by Liza Gardner Walsh) Down East Books 2015
Imani's Moon (by JaNay Brown-Wood) Charlesbridge Publishing 2014
F is for Feelings (by Goldie Millar) Freespirit Publishing 2014
One Word Pearl (by Nicole Groeneweg) Charlesbridge Publishing 2013
1,2,3 by the Sea (by Dianne Moritz) Kane Miller Publishing 2013
Double Crossed at Cactus Flats (by Rich Williams) ABDO 2013
Hidden New Jersey (by Linda Barth) Charlesbridge Publishing 2012
All Star Cheerleader Books 1-4 (by Anastasia Suen) Kane Miller 2012
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid (by Daniel Stefanski) Free Spirit 2011
Bronze Medal, Illustration West, Society of Illustrator's Los Angeles
Brick House Museum,Kennebunk, ME
Coduit Arts Centre, MA 'Process of the Picture Book'
Rivertree Arts, Kennebunk ME
Freeport Library, ME
Warwick Museum Art, RI
Pittsfield Library, ME
Freeport Library, ME
Bangor Children's Museum, ME
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