|Carol McLean-Carr writes . . .
I was born in London in 1948 and I came to Australia in 1959 when my father, a solicitor, joined a Melbourne law firm. I was born practically blind with myopia. I could only see within about five centimetres. When I was given a pair of glasses at the age of four I realised for the first time that the world wasn`t all furry and white. I have been fascinated with the detail of life ever since.
As I child I did not like sporting activities (except tree climbing), preferring my own world of books and drawing. I shared this with my twin brother, and we devised wild, imaginary adventures together. We lived in Sussex in the UK at the time, and on some occasions, when we were supposed to take the bus to Sunday school, my brother and I went to the old part of town to watch old fishermen mending nets and listen to them telling stories. We also liked to explore the chalk caves beneath Hastings Castle, under the 12th century dungeons and torture chambers.
I have always wanted to be a book illustrator, but I have taught art and worked in scientific illustration as well. My main interests in art have been drawing, print-making, watercolour, airbrushing and colour pencil work. Since 1994 I have been exploring the world of multimedia, through interactive books and building websites. I am now working digitally rather than rendering by hand on paper.
I live in Adelaide, where I am currently working on my eighteenth children's book.