This is about the earliest I can remember drawing... I was around 2 years old, drawing with chalk on the concrete at my grandparents house in Melrose. And that is my big sister's head I chopped off there... nice pants sis!

What am I drawing? Well recently at a school book talk, a student was convinced it was a snail and a giraffe so I'm going to go with that as I honestly have no clue!

I graduated from the University of South Australia in 1992 completing a Bachelor of Design specialising in Illustration, then made a beeline for the Adelaide Zoo which marked the beginning of a career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and a wonderful relationship with the Zoo Education Service spanning over a decade - drawing enough animals to fill an encyclopedia.
Other things I have done along the way include an Account Manager for high quality printing firms for 10 years, finished artist for various Advertising Agencies and my very first job was as a strawberry picker!
I'm fortunate now to be able to freelance full time and share that passion of animals as a published illustrator of best selling children's books since 2008, predominantly with an Australian theme.

Now with over 26 children's picture books published to date, storytelling through illustration is what I thrive on most. My first picture book as both author and illustrator 'Joey and Riley' was released July 2019 with Hachette Australia and the companion story to this book, 'Lucy and Copper' in 2021. I also love being able to share my passion for books and illustration throughout schools and festivals during the year with workshops and highly engaging presentations.

In between books I swap hats - designing giftware ranges utilising quirky Australian characters, develop logos and corporate material and build and manage customised websites for clients.

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Please contact Mandy's Booking Agent, Becky Lucas.
Phone | 0424 584 697 Email | [email protected]