Such a sad day....today we found out that our welsh corgi, Fanny, has lymphoma. She is such a huge part of our family, none of us can imagine what it will be like without her nosing her way into everything we do... The first picture book I wrote (Fanny Stayed Home,unpublished but still cute) was about her wild puppy years, when we'd come home to a demolished kitchen almost every day.
It all began when my aunt gave me The Tyger Voyage (by Richard Adams)when I was fourteen. Looking at Nicola Bayley's glowing illustrations made me want to paint some of my own. I still love her work, and I still have that book.