I am an Irish born illustrator with a degree in visual communications from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. For nearly thirty years I have been freelancing as a graphic designer specializing in illustration. The outdoors and especially wild flowers and gardening have always been a passion of mine so in the mid-nineties I went back to college and studied horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland.
During those studies I interned in the United States of America at several public gardens in the Washington D.C. area including the Smithsonian Institute’s butterfly garden. While there I met Adrian Higgins, the Washington Post Gardening Editor and in February, 2000 I started illustrating the new gardening column “Digging In” in the Lifestyle section of the Washington Post. I now combine my love for gardening with native plants and environmental education with my design and illustration work.
In 1998 I moved to the United States, living first in Washington D.C. In 2000 I moved to Salem, Oregon and I’ve been living there ever since with my husband and our 12 year-old daughter.