Holly is a a freelance children’s author and illustrator based in the North East of England. She loves to work by hand using a variety of different media including watercolour, pencil and different printing processes.
In 2009, Holly graduated from the University of Sunderland with a First Class Honors Degree in Illustration and Design. After graduating, Holly worked at design company, Big Bang Creative in Teesside creating designs for websites, e-commerce, branding and games.
In 2011 Holly decided to go back to university, to do a two year Masters at Edinburgh College of Art. She graduated with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) with Distinction in 2013. In the same year she was highly Commended for the Macmillan Illustration Prize and the winner of the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration Competition.
After Holly completed her Masters Degree, she worked at a greeting card company in the North East of England designing greeting cards for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, PDSA, RSPB, Epilepsy Action, Sue Ryder and Traidcraft. After a year in the industry, Holly decided to make writing and illustrating picture books a full-time commitment.
Holly now teaches Illustration and Design at Sunderland University alongside her illustration work.
“Frances Lincoln ensures cultural diversity is represented so these illustrations present a mixed race family. The style is fresh and young with beautiful colours and some lovely silly scenes” - Booktrust
‘Sterling runs her own dojos in the north of England as well as being a retired karate Grand Champion, and her passion for karate and the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing it confers is obvious in this delightful book. A perfect read for little ones who might be starting a karate or other martial arts class, it’s reassuring, kind and will dispel any potential nervousness.’ Review by BookTrust