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About Me

Hello! My name is Lauren and I am a Designer by day, Illustrator by night! Originally from Oregon, I am now based in Sydney, Australia.

I love drawing comics, dabble in writing and am currently working on my cosy fantasy comic, Side Quest, which you can read here!

As a diagnosed Autistic Artist, I want to help shine a light on Neurodiversity and help create a positive impact for Autistic children. My aim to is portray strong lead characters who are Neurodivergent; how they learn to embrace what makes them unique, as well as help others who are bullied for being “different” or struggling.

My hope is to share stories that will help diversify Neurodivergent Voices within the kidlit world, as well as bring a message of inclusivity.

My stories are for children and adults with Autism, or anyone who has ever felt “weird” or bullied for being “different”.

Art Exhibitions

“Incognito Art Show”, Sydney, 2023
“Fempocalypse”, Wayward Brewing Co, Sydney, 2023

“Adding Colour” Exhibition, Nabe Art Studio Exhibition, Australia 2023
Portland Art Show, Victoria, Australia 2023
GAS SYD | MYRIAD, Luna Studio, Sydney, Australia 2023
“Petite Pieces” Prize, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 2023
Cardboard Box Illustrator Showcase, Online 2022
Belonging, Creative Garage Network, Manly 2022
Midsöle Group Art Exhibition, 2022
Fortheart For the Deckade Exhibition, 2022
Sustainability Waste 2 Art Prize Exhibition, 2022
Moss Foundation Skateboard Deck Art Show, 2022
Day of the Dead, KRVNM, 2020
Halloween in Isolation, Belle Epoque Gallery, 2020
YAW WAY Mural Festival 2020
KRVNM Wild Hearts Exhibition, 2020
NSW Bushfire Fundraiser, 2020
Living Creatures Art Exhibition, The Hippie Shop, 2019
KRVNM Resurrection, Studio Blueprint, 2019
Objectified | Ambush Gallery, 2019
Midsole Sneaker Exhibition, M2 Gallery, 2018
Secret Walls, The Standard Bowl, November 2017
Framed! Art Exhibition, Blacketts Gallery, 2016
Surf & Street Art Exhibition, Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, 2015
Duke’s Day Celebration; 100 Years of Surfing, Freshwater Beach, 2015
The Last Tree Standing, David Lynch MA Short Film Concept Sketches, 2015
Manly Surf and Street Art Group Exhibition, Painters’ Gallery, 2015
RAW Sydney Allure Art Show, Sydney University, 2014
I Heart Zombies, Belgrave Cartel, 2014
Surf Art Group Show, Kayapa Creative Studio, 2014
Chica Bonita Chili Kook Off Group Exhibition, 2014
Allure RAW Art Group Exhibition, 2014
Atelier Hunt Launch, Group Exhibition, 2014

Street Art & Murals

ARN Sound Lounge (Assistant Painter for Inkhunter Artist) 2021
YAW WAY Mural Festival 2020
Secret Walls, The Standard Bowl, November 2017

Books & Publications

“Hot Diggity Dog, Tails from the Barkside”, Anthology Angels, 2023
Northern Beaches Mums Wave Magazine, Dec 2022
Beaches Cover Magazine, Cover Art 2018
“The Traveler’s Curse”, Oi Oi Oi Issue 3, ComicOz Publishing, 2014
Album cover artwork, Rhiannon the Merpire, 2014

Side Quest webcomic

Side Quest Comic

My new cosy fantasy comic, “Side Quest” is now available on webtoons!

Follow the quiet adventures of Poppy Rowanberry and her friends on their many Side Quests. Whether it’s helping their Autistic dragon friend, Cornelius Scalybottom with noise-cancelling headphones or finding the last hot cocoa in the dark forest, these heartwarming tales are the perfect cosy read!

Autistic penguin and dragon with noise cancelling headphones
Let's work together!

I love helping your story come to life! I specialise in graphic novels, fantasy, and children’s books! Contact me for pricing/availability.