Body image children’s book illustrations

I finally got some copies of this book in the mail that I was able to make illustrations for! Here are some of my favourite pages. I spent so long editing these images and staring at them on a screen it is so heartwarming to see them in print and be able to flip through the pages.

Thank you so much Ashley and Carrie and Lorimer Publishing for this job! Here is a direct link to the book on Lorimer’s website:

Isolation Year

The rest of the illustrations I got to make for The Local, each about a different person’s experience with the pandemic. I especially like the one about reading long books and watching long movies, specifically the film mentioned in the article “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, which I agreed to accompany my boyfriend in watching. This was ultimately a mistake but a great way to kill a day nonetheless.

Thank you to Tai for the cool art direction and idea to keep all the illustrations floating within the solid colour background. Makes for a great series!


I got a 5-month-old kitten in October last year and he’s received some lovely fan art from my friends since then :’) after about three months of staring at him I finally felt like I might have understood his silly fur patterns enough to paint him myself (bottom right).

Scarlett Road Barriers

More concrete barrier murals for StART Toronto to be installed on the Scarlett Road cycle track. I want to lay in a pile of flowers and ferns so literally laying on the ground to paint this was actually a very happy time!! Thanks for allowing me to take part ❤

Daisy Brain

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I don’t really know what this is about I drew the image a long time ago but doesn’t the backpack look happy?

(I think it’s about focussing on negativity, maybe consider not doing that)

Bike Lane Murals

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Got to paint these shroomy murals on four long and squat concrete barriers that will be placed (with many other beautifully painted ones) on the Shoreham Cycle Track in Toronto. Because of covid these barriers were transported from the cycle track location to a transit yard parking lot where the artists signed up for shifts to paint so we could limit our exposure to each other. This took place at the end of June and It was incredibly hot but I hadn’t been leaving my apartment much for anything other than groceries and it was so nice to go somewhere and do something. Can’t say thanks enough to the coordinators at StreetARToronto for including me this year!

The mushrooms are based off of pictures I took on a hike with my partner last year in Algonquin. I really miss being on a forest floor!

Newfoundland Quarterly Feature

full spread layout

Thank you to Joan for doing this Q&A artist feature about me in the last issue of Newfoundland Quarterly!! I finally got the copies in the mail and it’s a joy to see 🙂


Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a freelance illustrator hailing from Toronto residing in a shoebox of an apartment. I love to make complicated coffee and instant ramen. I’ve loved painting and making pictures for as long as I can remember, and the decision to go to school for that and try and turn it into a career has been really scary but I’m so thankful for getting the opportunities to do so! 

What about your artwork here: why these subject matter, and how did you select your palette?
Working as an editorial freelance illustrator means you don’t get to choose the topics you paint about. I think that can seem really limiting however no matter what topic you are assigned, you are always painting with your own voice and perspective. I’ve also been SO lucky to receive projects that have been close to me and my interests. Along with woman’s rights and mental health, humans versus nature has been a really prevalent motif in my work since before I found my own artistic voice. I feel like I always start at square one when I’m selecting colours for a piece but in the end it’s pretty clear that I’ve got a certain palette I’m always sticking close to!

What artists, not limited to visual artists, influence you?
I’m influenced by everything, I think you just look through that lens in everyday life as an artist. Music has always been a big source of inspiration for me; Kate Bush, Alex G, Modest Mouse, Leonard Cohen, and Built to Spill are some artists that have shown up in some way in my personal work, along with so many others. There was a time a made an entire zine about baseball because I was so obsessed! I probably get the most inspiration from a couple friends I graduated with and have kept really close with, Marley Allen-Ash and Heidi Berton, we are really supportive towards each other’s careers and inspire each other in non-competitive ways, I’m so thankful for them and I love their work. Carson Ellis and Eleanor Davis are all-time favourite illustrators for me.

Do you have a work routine?
I definitely have a specific process I go through for each piece I do starting with scribbled down notes to small thumbnail ideas, to line drawings and colour studies, and eventually the final painting. But as far as a work routine goes there is no specific time of day I find to be the most productive for me. I’m lucky to have a small corner for my studio in my apartment, and having it right there means I can pick something up whenever it feels right and work on it without restrictions.

What’s your idea of work/life balance?
I think I feel a lot of unnecessary guilt when I take any time away from making art or promoting myself as an illustrator. My idea of work/life balance is to feel fulfilled from both, and in order to feel that way you need to put a lot of time into both. It’s hard to know what’s right but if you’re able to hone in on which part of you needs more attention then you shouldn’t feel guilty having to push one aside to spend time on the other.