Leanne Coelho is a Portuguese/South African children’s illustrator and writer working from a cosy studio in Hertfordshire.
She is drawn to crayons, the texture of coloured pencils, sketches and rough-cut collage-style drawings creating quirky, whimsical characters inspired by nature, culture, word-play and the small things that make a big difference in everyday life.
She studied graphic design in London and is a self-taught illustrator with extensive work experience in varying fields, giving her an eclectic source of inspiration to draw from.
She has worked as an illustrator in design studios and as a freelance artist and has exhibited in both South Africa and London.
Creating work that encourages resilience, imagination, empathy, courage, curiosity and a sense of wonder in the world is very important to her, as an LGBTQIA+ artist, creating stories that show everyone, in every way in our world influences the kind of art she makes.