Fiona was born in North West Scotland where she studied at Edinburgh University, earning a First Degree in English Literature in 2004 and a Master in Photojournalism in 2006. Early in her career, Fiona traveled extensively as a journalist and photographer. Her work was published in a variety of British publications: Wild Travel, Heritage Magazine, Birdwatching Monthly, the Independent on Sunday, Country Walking, amongst others. Fiona especially enjoyed the wildlife shoots that took her to remote landscapes: The great gannet colonies of Shetland, the threatened birdlife in the Faroes, whale watching in Iceland, and the great crane migration across the Hungarian steppes. Fiona was also a contributing photographer to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' photo library. Her love of wildlife, and of the outdoors, is ever present in her unique and beautiful illustrations.
Fiona is currently based in Austria where she works as a photographer and graphic designer. Her journey to illustration came later in her career, coinciding with her move to Austria where she struggled to master the German language. Suddenly the idea of communicating through pictures became very appealing!
Fiona remembers the first book she shared with her sister as a child, 'Hiawatha's Childhood,' illustrated by Errol Le Cain.
"By the shores of the Gitche Gummee, By the Shining Big Sea Water, Stood the Wigwam of Nokomis, Daughter of the Moon."
She can still feel the magical power of that book, particularly the illustrations. The combined power of words and illustrations, continue to motivate Fiona. Fiona's favorite color is a crackly, luminous Old Master yellow. She loves birds and has an extremely handsome bilingual cat with a perfectly symmetrical striped tail!
To view her portfolio, please visit her artist’s page.