It's been an interesting lockdown for me here in Melbourne. In early March my family and I managed to slip in a quick couple of weeks in Bali which was beautiful. We returned home to bare supermarket shelves, toiletpaperless panic and the start of Covid. I went back to work for 2 days, and was then asked to work from home, and within the week, I was made redundant. Soon after we were homeschooling and experiencing a strange new home-based world.
This break from my graphic design role allowed me time to shift my focus back to illustration. I managed to finish a book for EK Publishing (Courageous Lucy due out February 2021), plus start a new book contract. In the meantime I thought I would pop a post on Facebook about creating family portraits for Mother's Day. I was full of gratitude for the many requests that I received and these have flowed on consistently. In the last 6 months since my circuit-breaker redundancy, I have managed to build this little portrait business into something sustainable.
I am still pinching myself that I can make art for a living. It has always been a dream of mine, and I'm so thankful to all the families that have helped make this happen for me.