After qualifying as a graphic designer Leslie worked for a number of book publishers working mainly on children's educational and reading titles. A brief spell in advertising followed by a number of years working freelance from home (to accommodate care of a young family) further extended the range of her design experience. Leslie rediscovered her love for illustration when she started collaborating with her daughter Zoe. Leslie has found that rediscovering this skill has been exciting, revealing and fun! And reminded her of the joy of childlike observation.