I was one of those fortunate people who always knew exactly what they wanted to do for a living. Having got a place on an illustration course at 15, I spent the rest of my school days looking out of the window, until I could start.
The colouring-in courses continued with a first class Graphic Design degree in the mid 1980s, and a Masters in Fine Art in the early 21st century.
I have absolutely loved having a career in publishing for the last 34 years.
As a designer I worked in-house for Pearson Longman and Oxford University Press, whilst working on a freelance basis as a designer and illustrator for major publishers.
When I'm asked what my favourite book to work on was, I'd have to say it was Fairies, for Carlton Books. The joy must have been obvious in the work as the title reprinted over 19 internationally, and made hundreds of thousands in sales. I also love working directly with authors, bringing their stories into publication, with cover art.
I work from home between the mountains and the sea in Snowdonia, north Wales. The landscape is ancient and soaked in myth, and the ever-changing light is a constant inspiration in my work. Two shaggy dogs act as personal trainers making sure we get out under those skies. We live in a tiny former chapel, which my husband has been making in to our home - he's a blackbelt in Extreme DIY!
I have been commissioned as author of many Craft and Activity titles for co-edition publishers. With Wall Art, no surface at home was safe from exploration. From this title, you'll see below the copper effect wall in our living room made with wax and mica powders. The paper craft titles have also provided years of practice in removing confetti-like offcuts, from between the floorboards, with tweezers.
Jane Eyre’s Scrapbook is my first title to be produced under Patricia Moffett Books. There are three more titles in progress which will be published in 2023.