Lucia is a freelance illustrator specialising in children's books. Born and bred in Italy, she moved to Australia in 2007 and she now lives and works on the beautiful Gold Coast. Since her move to Australia Lucia has collaborated with Australian and English publishers and has illustrated fifteen books, among which are: Come Down Cat! (CBCA Honour Book and shortlisted in the Prime Minister's Award, 2012) Family Forest (CBCA shortlisted in 2011) and the successful series Our Australian Girl. Lucia likes to create whimsical characters and dynamic compositions and she works with traditional techniques, mixing watercolour, pencil and acrylic. She also likes to share her passion for drawing and painting and to talk about illustrating picture books from scratch. In her interactive workshops she encourages children to explore their abilities and to use images to tell stories.