Image top: story time at Squishy Minnie, image by Lucky. Image below: my messy studio, image by Penny Lane.

Hello there, thanks for visiting! A little bit about me… I’m a children’s book lover, draw-er and reader based in Melbourne, who also creates work for card companies, picture books, original paintings, prints and all types of different client projects. I love watercolours, but getting more and more into combining digital work and tinker with oils, pencils and other bits and bobs I can get my mitts on.

I worked in publishing sales for many years and finally began my dream of working on the creative side of picture books after having kids. I’m a member of Style File, SCBWI and Illustrators Australia’s.

Recently I joined the wonderful Australian agency Jacinta DiMase, who can handle book enquiries directly.

Recent awards include:

  • CBCA Shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year and Notable for the Eve Pownell Award for Iceberg (written by Claire Saxby and published by Allen and Unwin) 2022
  • Long listed for the Indie Book Awards for Welcome Baby (published by Affirm Press) 2020
  • CBCA Notable Picture Book of the Year for Merry Everything (written by Tania McCartney and published by Windy Hollow) 2018
  • Excellence Award Winner – theme illustration at the Frankfurt Bookfair / Illusalon awards 2017
  • CBCA Notable Picture Book of the Year for Smile Cry (written by Tania McCartney and published by EK Books) 2017
  • Crystal Kite Winner for Australia/NZ – SCBWI 2017
  • MATS Home Decor Video Winner 2016
  • Semi Finalist in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2016
  • Highly commended in the Illustrator Australia Awards 2015
  • Finalist in the Etsy Design Awards 2014
  • Scholarship winner for Big Hearted Business Conference 2014
  • Finalist in the Kids Book Review Illustration Competition 2014, Runner up in 2015
  • Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Illustrators of the World 13/14”

Selected clients include:

  • Affirm Press
  • Allen and Unwin
  • Penguin Random House/Puffin
  • Omnibus/Scholastic
  • Better Reading
  • The Five Mile Press
  • Hallmark
  • Papyrus
  • Nuovo Group
  • Windy Hollow
  • Erstwilder
  • Cengage Learning
  • Little Sticker Boy
  • Exisle Publishing
  • Australian Childhood Foundation

To see some of my work, take a peek at my portfolio and check out Jesses Mess Etsy store. Or get in touch to discuss your project.

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