The opportunity to work on this wonderful series came to me completely out of the blue and underlines the huge part luck can play in the career of an illustrator. I am very grateful to Joy Cowley for bringing my work to the attention of Patti Gauch, Brian Jacques’ editor for Philomel Books in New York.
Patti gave me a chance to do some trial drawings for Triss and eventually I was commissioned to do nine of Brian’s books: seven from his acclaimed Redwall series and two from his Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series.
I illustrated seven Redwall books:
- Triss - Book 15 (2002)
- Loamhedge - Book 16 (2003)
- Rakkety Tam - Book 17 (2004)
- High Rhulain - Book 18 (2005)
- Eulalia - Book 19 (2007)
- Doomwyte - Book 20 (2008)
- Mossflower – Anniversary Edition (text 1988, illus. 2004)
Doomwyte (Book Opener 3)
In 2004 I was given the job of illustrating the Anniversary Edition of Mossflower with large black and white plates. I would dearly have loved to do them in colour, like the image shown here: