So, I might be a little bit late writing this blog post - it is currently the last week of February 2020 and I am only just sitting down to write and publish an article about the new year. It's been a busy start to the year, which is a lovely reason to be posting this a little bit late! 

I'm not sure about you, but 2019 was a strange year for me - the world was seemingly going mad and I experienced some of the most exciting points of my career so far, while also simultaneously working myself to a point of sheer exhaustion. I've been working as a freelance illustrator for 4 years now and during that time, I've always had to work a part-time job to ensure that I had a stable income to fall back on. For the past 3 years, my part-time job has been working at Coventry University, teaching printmaking to their students. I've absolutely loved the job and it's been a real joy to teach so many fantastic young printmakers and share my love of print with them. However, balancing a part time job (and the 4 hour commute that went with it!) and an ever-growing stream of freelance work was slowly taking its toll on me. I finally decided that it was time to take the plunge and in December 2019 I officially left my job at Coventry University and went full-time as a freelance illustrator. I cannot fully express how nerve wracking this decision was to make but now that I'm 2 months in and settled into my new daily routine, I can happily say that it was the right choice to make! Being entirely reliant on my freelance income is a daunting prospect but the first few months of 2020 have proved that this was the right decision and I'm looking forward to where the next year will take me. 

I just wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to everyone I worked with in 2019 and all the wonderful new people I met. I was incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic year and I'm hoping that will only continue in 2020!