I am a South African born children's book illustrator (who loves to write stories) based in Sydney, Australia.
I started out my creative career as a designer/art director in advertising in Cape Town, South Africa. After a decade or so of corporate life, I completed a BA Honours Degree in Illustration in Bristol, England and began freelancing. Most of my published illustration work has been editorial but when the pandemic hit in 2020 I pivoted and started working on my children's book portfolio. I have been awarded illustration prizes in each year since and will soon have two books under my belt. 
My very first picture book as an illustrator was published in February 2023. "Fun in the Sun" is set at Balmoral Beach and written by Sydney dermatologist Dr Annika Smith, it is endorsed by the Cancer Council and Melanoma Institute Australia. I am currently working on my next children's book, due out early 2024, published by New Frontier.

CYA Illustration Award 2023 - 3rd place in Aspiring Illustrators.
New England Writers Centre Illustration Prize 2022 "Highly Commended" 
CYA All Stars Illustration Award 2021 - 2nd place in Aspiring Illustrators.
New Frontier Publishing, Little Steps Publishing.
Gourmet Traveller, Cosmopolitan, Runners World, Nike, Red Bull, Taronga Zoo, Coleman, Optus, Cirque du Soleil, S26 Gold Formula, RedBubble, AfrikaBurn, New Holland Publishers, M-Web, Kfm Radio, Musica, Fair Lady, Sterns Jewellery and Woman's Value amongst others.

I have illustrated for children's picture books, magazines, print campaigns, point-of-sale, storyboards, logos, packaging, the web and in animation for TV commercials. I have also been published in a home decorating book, painted numerous murals and one life size rhino.
Illustration analogue and digital, Art Direction, Design.
(Using Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign)

Children's Picture Book Illustrator  
2020 onwards -  Sydney, Australia 
Freelance Illustrator  
2014 - 2019  Sydney, Australia 
(BA Honours Degree in Illustration and had a couple of kids!) 
2007 - 2013  United Kingdom and Australia
Freelance Art Director/Designer 
2005 - 2006  Bath, United Kingdom
Art Director, MC Saatchi 
2003 - 2004  Sydney, Australia
Designer, Mason Zimbler Ltd  
2001 - 2002  Bristol, United Kingdom

Designer and Illustrator, The Jupiter Drawing Room
1998 - 2000  Cape Town, South Africa
Art Director, J. Walter Thompson
1996 - 1998  Cape Town, South Africa
Illustrator, Cosmopolitan Magazine
1998 - 1999  Cape Town, South Africa
Illustrator, Runner's World Magazine
1996 - 1999  Cape Town, South Africa  
Illustrator, Fair Lady Magazine
1995 - 1999  Cape Town, South Africa
Illustrator, Woman's Value Magazine
1996 - 1997  Cape Town, South Africa

BA Honours Degree in Illustration
University Of The West Of England
2005 - 2007  Bristol, United Kingdom
National Diploma, Graphic Design (2nd Major Illustration)
Cape Peninsula University Of Technology
1993 - 1994  Cape Town, South Africa

Foundation year in Art, Graphic Design
University Of Stellenbosch
1992 - 1993  Stellenbosch, South Africa
Matriculated with an "A" in both Art Theory and Art Practical,
won the Art Prize.

Fairmont High School
1987 - 1991  Cape Town, South Africa


Note: Volpert was my maiden name

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