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Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.


As an artist, I illustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change.

With a focus on identity, belonging and expat life, I help people to navigate ‘otherness’.

‘OTHERNESS’ isolates.

It creates division, prejudice and suffering.

We are all someone else’s ‘other’

Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance

Let my clients tell you for themselves:





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Again, it's a joy to have done this month's cartoon for the @figtglobal Families in Global Transition Newsletter.

The theme is Grief and Loss, two powerful human realities.
No doubt you've known them.

Expected. Unexpected. Big. Small. WHACK! Pangs in your belly. Tears triggered over unrelated things. Pain in your heart. A sense of helplessness. Weeks of WTF! Loneliness in a crowded room. A 'brave' face. Why? A desperate desire to leave the room. Happiness in remembering. Foregiveness. A mammoth effort to 'show up'. Guilt. Discomfort. An empty chair. Anger. An unspoken absence. Other people moving on with lives. Adaptation. Growth. Tiredness. Fetal position under a blanket. Emotional Isolation. Relief that they are gone. Stillness. Silence.

and a million more.....
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Buy your 'Global Mind Journal' ❤️ today.

Journalling is really helpful for clearing your head.

I don't know about you, but I took up journalling in 2021. So much to process from the last couple of years! Why not try it out and start with one of these?

Click to buy or Shop link in bio
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You've caught me out!!

I'm still in my towel. 😬

Here at DTAS base camp, we're getting ready for Talk-Back Tuesday to return in February. 

This is your advance warning to get ready and some clothes on too! 😁

You've caught me out!!

I'm still in my towel. 😬

Here at DTAS base camp, we're getting ready for Talk-Back Tuesday to return in February.

This is your advance warning to get ready and some clothes on too! 😁
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So far so good! 😅 #hangingon #clinging #year20 So far so good! 😅

#hangingon #clinging #year2022  #sofarsogood #peg #This #thisistheyear

So far so good! 😅

#hangingon #clinging #year2022 #sofarsogood #peg #This #thisistheyear
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Anne Lister is one of my favourites. I can't imagi Anne Lister is one of my favourites. I can't imagine why 🤣🏳️‍🌈

You can buy her diaries and also watch the BBC Series 'Gentleman Jack' to learn more about her life.

Anne Lister is one of my favourites. I can't imagine why 🤣🏳️‍🌈

You can buy her diaries and also watch the BBC Series 'Gentleman Jack' to learn more about her life.
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Wear your LGBTQ+ allyship with pride. 🏳️‍🌈

Plain tshirt with Ally badge ‘PROUD ALLY’ on left sleeve.
Available in store now.

Wear your LGBTQ+ allyship with pride. 🏳️‍🌈

Plain tshirt with Ally badge ‘PROUD ALLY’ on left sleeve.
Available in store now.
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Talk-back Tuesday will be returning in February.

Expand your allyship and join me for more LGBTQ+ chats and insights.
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Are you an LGBTQ+ Ally? You can now get the mug! Are you an LGBTQ+ Ally? You can now get the mug! 

What’s not to love about drinking rainbows?!

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/lgbtq-ally-mug/

Are you an LGBTQ+ Ally? You can now get the mug!

What’s not to love about drinking rainbows?!

https://drawntoastory.com/shop/lgbtq-ally-mug/
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Are you an international school teacher passionate Are you an international school teacher passionate about inclusion?
🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

This postcard is a great way to start a conversation with students. They can write their thoughts on the back.

It can also provide positive affirmation to LGBTQ+ students who might be feeling low and struggling. Let them know they are not alone and that there is nothing wrong with them.

Available in Store.

#lgbtqfamily #include #inclusive #loveislove #identity #pride #diversity #teachers #lgbtqiaplus #lgbtqcommunity

Are you an international school teacher passionate about inclusion?
🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

This postcard is a great way to start a conversation with students. They can write their thoughts on the back.

It can also provide positive affirmation to LGBTQ+ students who might be feeling low and struggling. Let them know they are not alone and that there is nothing wrong with them.

Available in Store.

#lgbtqfamily #include #inclusive #loveislove #identity #pride #diversity #teachers #lgbtqiaplus #lgbtqcommunity
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I'd like to challenge you to think about this curr I'd like to challenge you to think about this current cusp of transition from 2021 into 2022. 

We live in cycles of time. New Year turning points are often the pivot point for big life decisions or the end of a difficult period and the subsequent start of putting those lessons into action.

Where do you feel you're positioned as the transition looms?

I'd like to adulterate Brad Paisley's quote: "Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one" with....

"Tomorrow is another day. It's a normal day like any other day. You can start day 1 of your 365 blank book at any time you want to. Don't feel the pressure of new year's resolutions. No shame. No guilt. Act at the right time for you.

I'd like to challenge you to think about this current cusp of transition from 2021 into 2022.

We live in cycles of time. New Year turning points are often the pivot point for big life decisions or the end of a difficult period and the subsequent start of putting those lessons into action.

Where do you feel you're positioned as the transition looms?

I'd like to adulterate Brad Paisley's quote: "Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one" with....

"Tomorrow is another day. It's a normal day like any other day. You can start day 1 of your 365 blank book at any time you want to. Don't feel the pressure of new year's resolutions. No shame. No guilt. Act at the right time for you.
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With over 200 applications, it is highly likely th With over 200 applications, it is highly likely that you've used Stephanie Kwolek's invention.

With over 200 applications, it is highly likely that you've used Stephanie Kwolek's invention. ...

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She's my hero! ...

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Thank you @andreathesagirl for sharing your review Thank you @andreathesagirl for sharing your review of Living Elsewhere.

Living Elsewhere is 100 of my illustrations about what it's like to live as an expat, tck and immigrant. The humour, the tears and the WTFs! 🤣😭😵

Get your copy from Amazon,
Book Depository or link in Bio.

Thank you @andreathesagirl for sharing your review of Living Elsewhere.

Living Elsewhere is 100 of my illustrations about what it's like to live as an expat, tck and immigrant. The humour, the tears and the WTFs! 🤣😭😵

Get your copy from Amazon,
Book Depository or link in Bio.
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Yesterday, a friend had a listening ear for me and Yesterday, a friend had a listening ear for me and my wife. It wasn't planned. We'd gone for lunch for a catch up.

Not long before we'd decided to leave, she asked a question. One and a half hours later we left.

One question.
She opened up a conversation that we didn't know we needed to have. For me personally, I also didn't realise I hadn't grieved 'enough'. Words and emotions poured out of me like a floodgate. 

Any other day, if you'd asked about these experiences I'd have said they'd been tough, but I was okay. Yesterday, I wasn't, but I didn't know I wasn't until I started to answer her question.

She sat on this sofa, just out of view of my sketch, listening and offering thoughts that only a true friend can. You know the friend who says something that you don't quite like, but you know that they're right?  THAT friend.

And so I sketched as I talked and cried. Boy did I cry! But it was good. Really good.

Keep asking your friends questions. Keep checking that they're okay, because mostly they will be, but one day they won't be.

And that day, they need you. 
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#friendshipgoals #friends #femalefriends #listen #cry #vulnerability #emotional #listening #ask

Yesterday, a friend had a listening ear for me and my wife. It wasn't planned. We'd gone for lunch for a catch up.

Not long before we'd decided to leave, she asked a question. One and a half hours later we left.

One question.
She opened up a conversation that we didn't know we needed to have. For me personally, I also didn't realise I hadn't grieved 'enough'. Words and emotions poured out of me like a floodgate.

Any other day, if you'd asked about these experiences I'd have said they'd been tough, but I was okay. Yesterday, I wasn't, but I didn't know I wasn't until I started to answer her question.

She sat on this sofa, just out of view of my sketch, listening and offering thoughts that only a true friend can. You know the friend who says something that you don't quite like, but you know that they're right? THAT friend.

And so I sketched as I talked and cried. Boy did I cry! But it was good. Really good.

Keep asking your friends questions. Keep checking that they're okay, because mostly they will be, but one day they won't be.

And that day, they need you.
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#friendshipgoals #friends #femalefriends #listen #cry #vulnerability #emotional #listening #ask
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Wishing you all a wonderful day for the change in Wishing you all a wonderful day for the change in seasons.
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For you Northern Hemisphere folk, wrap up warm!
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For you Southerners, enjoy the warmth, whilst we freeze our butts off! 😆
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P.S. Please forgive the 'equator' 😁 🤦🏼‍♀️

Wishing you all a wonderful day for the change in seasons.
.
For you Northern Hemisphere folk, wrap up warm!
.
For you Southerners, enjoy the warmth, whilst we freeze our butts off! 😆
.
P.S. Please forgive the 'equator' 😁 🤦🏼‍♀️
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