I took up the pen on a full-time basis in early 1997. Since then, my cartoons have appeared in a range of publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, The Bulletin and The Chaser. Iíve also illustrated books, designed cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo.

Despite being female, I can claim to have been well-hung, with my work exhibited in the National Museum of Australiaís annual collection of political cartoons from 1999- 2004. In November 2000, I held a sell-out solo exhibition at Sydneyís Hughenden Gallery.            

I became a cartoonist quite accidentally. Prior to this incarnation, I studied politics, traveled all over the world and worked in overseas aid and human rights.

Finding myself made redundant in late 1996, I despaired for a bit (as you do) then decided to embrace the Personal Reinvention zeitgeist and became a cartoonist.

Iím bloody glad I did. Cartoonists are lucky folk indeed- able to take all their experiences, beliefs, bile and passion, wrap them up in a metaphor and get their fingers inky in the process.

But donít believe the hype (after all, I wrote it). Check it out yourself in the Cartoon Gallery.
 
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