I am a former art and biology teacher who fell in love with painted paper collage. I started using painted paper as a medium in my art classroom to cut down on paint mess and clean up time and began saving all the beautiful scraps of paper. The textures and colours were so lovely. I studied fashion design at collage and fashion illustration was my number one passion. I hated sewing and pattern cutting so much. I went on to study Photography at London College of Printing and worked as a photographer for several years in editorial and for Getty images. I love the combination of analogue and digital processes. I find it really satisfying to work with handmade painterly textures and old fashioned cut and paste collage. I use Photoshop and Procreate to finish my work. I love jewel bright colours, painterly textures and vintage botanical drawings. My favourite era is the Victorian era. Birds, butterflies and flowers are my first love with illustration. I have a Bachelor of Science degree and would love to illustrate a series of educational science books for kids that make chemistry and cell biology or botany come alive.