I have always had a keen interest in art, and gained an A at A’ Level at Brighouse High School, West Yorkshire. I went on to study a BTEC National Diploma in art and design at Leeds College of Art and Design. I completed this course with distinction in 1996 and continued with my studies at Edinburgh College of Art. I gained a BA Hon’s in Visual Communication, specialising in illustration. I chose illustration because I was attracted to the combination of Art and Literature. I used themes from texts as a starting point and during that time I produced varied work from printmaking, bookbinding, animation and of course drawings and paintings.