I am a biologist and geologist by training (BSc, MSc). I grew up in the Canadian Rockies and I have also lived and worked in New Zealand, Borneo and the UK.
In London, I worked for The House of Illustration, whose main ambassador is Quentin Blake. I was also lucky enough to work at the Natural History Museum, working both in the live Butterfly House and also behind the scenes, assisting the curation of mammal specimens in the dry stores!
While in Borneo, I worked for the Sabah Government as a conservation biologist in the rainforests of Borneo. I observed orang-utan, Borneon pygmy elephants, gibbon and many other rainforest animals in their natural surroundings, while producing detailed reports for future conservation research and creating education modules.
As well as writing and illustrating, I own and operate Tumbleweed Tees, a conservation based silk screen printing t-shirt company in Wellington. New Zealand’s unique birds, plants and landscapes inspire our hand drawn designs. We are passionate about increasing the awareness of, and protection for New Zealand’s unique and too often endangered natives, one t-shirt at a time! Every tee has an attached swing tag with ecological information, and we continue to forge new conservation funding partnerships. Click below on Tumbleweed to be taken to the Tumbleweed Tees site.