Hello there, thanks for visiting! A little bit about me… I’m a children’s book lover, draw-er and reader, who also creates work for card companies, custom portraits, prints and all different client projects. I love watercolours, but getting more and more into combining digital work, aiming to create illustrations that somehow capture emotion / moments / dreams etc (or that’s the aim. It’s hard to put into words).

I worked in publishing for many years, and after bringing a baby into the world, decided to get serious about turning my illustrations into a full-time passion and career. I’m a member of Style File, SCBWI and Illustrators Australia’s, and editor of their magazine Outline. Check out my interviews with other illustrators here.

Recent awards include:

  • Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Illustrators of the World 13/14”
  • 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
  • Highly commended in the Illustrator Australia Awards 2015
  • MATS Home Decor Video Winner 2016
  • Semi Finalist in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2016

Selected clients include:

  • Omnibus/Scholastic
  • The Five Mile Press
  • Hallmark
  • Nuovo Group
  • Windy Hollow
  • Erstwilder
  • Cengage Learning
  • Little Sticker Boy
  • Exisle Publishing

To see some of my work, take a peek at my portfolio and check out Jesses Mess Etsy store. Or get in touch to commission an illustration or custom portrait.

Some recent little features and articles:

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