Born in a small hamlet in the North West near Warrington, Louise lived in the only pub in a village of eccentric “locals” which started a lifelong fascination with characters and portraiture. After a foundation year at Mid Cheshire College she travelled east to study a BA in illustration at Hull College of Art before heading south to London for postgraduate study at St Martins College. She has since gained a PGCE from the Institute of Education and more recently a PDU at Solent University. Since graduating she has lived and worked in the East End of London. She currently has a studio in London Fields, Hackney.
She has been working within the illustration industry for the last 20 years with a wide range of experience across design, advertising, publishing and editorial. Working in the UK and worldwide for clients such as The Royal Mail, CDP Advertising, The Ministry of Sound, Wardour Publishing, Random House Publishing, Penguin, The Guardian, Independent, Mail and Times newspapers.
Her work has been discussed in anthologies of illustration including, 'The Fundamentals of Illustration' by Lawrence Zeegan, Female illustrators from around the world (Curvy), Varoom, A.O.I Images, and journals published in connection with the illustrative Berlin/Zurich 2007-11 in which original artworks have been exhibited. She has regularly exhibited in group and solo shows in both the UK and Europe. Louise has won a bronze award from the Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards and a Merit from the 3x3 Illustration America. She was also a founder member of a successful illustration collective called Monster, and has also held a position as joint director at The Association of Illustrators.
She has received research funding for her own work and collaborations with Vivid, Southampton City Art Gallery, and Solent University students. She has also collaborated with The House of Illustration, Hereford University, and The Poetry Society on research projects.