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Down by the river in the heat of the day the crocodile sleeps and awaits his prey. Zzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzz Watch out, animals! Mean croc’s about! And he’s got one thing on his mind – DINNER!
Patricia Mullins

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

Melbourne, Australia. Country Victoria

Where did you go to school?
Deepdene Primary School,  Melbourne VIc

Did you have a nickname?

What were you like in school?
Horse mad, always drawing, playing horses with my friends.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I ran away from school with my best friend when in grade 4.

What was your favourite book growing up?
The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

Who is your favourite children’s author? 
Elyne Mitchell

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?

Fruit picked from our trees. RED. There are so many I can never just pick one.

Who inspired you to illustrate? 
I never thought about illustration as such. It was always just about drawing and painting which I did from an early age. I was 18 before I thought about book illustration as a career.

My grandmother was a natural story teller and it was though her storytelling that I imagined the pictures to illustrate her stories.

How did you get started? 
By constantly drawing then creating a character who needed a story...

How old were you?
I was about 9 when I wrote and illustrated my first 'book'. I was 5 when I wrote a little story about a butterfly and did a picture.

Why did you want to be an illustrator? 
So that I could bring characters to life on the page. The picture book format provides a certain freedom for story telling — an artist can use a variety of techniques and experiment with page design.

How do you think up ideas? 
Observation of life’s endless happenings and details, plus imagination.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate? 
In my chaotic studio and workshop.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator? 
Sharing picture-stories with others through books plus it is always a reward to see the printed book after months of work.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator? 
When people say it must be 'fun' to be an illustrator. Actually it’s a lot of hard work.

What do you do when you are not illustrating? 
I restore old rocking and carousel horses

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
An artist working more in 3D with animal models and toys, or a horse whisperer.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to? 
Leonardo Da Vinci but I’d have to learn Italian...

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself? 
Having moved to the country after many years in inner Melbourne, life’s about kangaroos, cockatoos, vineyards and of course, horses!

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