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As a child my favourite book was ...  Animation by Preston Blair. It was my sister’s and I stole it. I still have it to this day. There is no way she is getting it back.

Before I was an illustrator I ... was a frustrated Print Account Manager, scrapbooking wholesale company director and strawberry picker once upon a time, supporting my creative addiction. I love my job now.

Describe The Bush Santa in one sentence: He’s my own jolly endearing, red cheeked, cuddly Christmas spirit of the Australian bush ... and fluffy, to whom I affectionately refer to as Koala Claus.

My favourite place to illustrate is ... the couch for drawing, or the coffee shop. People bring me coffee there! Drawing board for painting – sacred space, mess in one place. Lots of mess, it’s glorious.

My favourite place to curl up with a book is ... Bed, always. Warm and toasty, quiet time to myself.

  • The Bush Santa - Mandy Foot

    As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the Bush Santa's big night begins. He travels around Australia delivering special presents to all the Aussie animals, from the cockies in Cairns and the crocs of the Top End, to the wallabies in Canberra and the quokkas of Rottnest Island.

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