Hi, I'm Maren. I live on a small property near Yass, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. I'm a freelance editor and I spend my spare time drawing and painting, planting habitat for wildlife on our property, writing and illustrating children's books, and raising chooks, sheep and vegies. 

My picture books are about friendship, loyalty and adventure and incorporate what I've learned over the years as a baker, scout leader, gardener and mother. They don't say much about my public service career!

My paintings and illustrations are in pen and ink, charcoal, watercolour, pastel, oil, relief printing and mixed media - whatever medium the subject demands. I love to paint landscapes, trains (especially steam trains), sheep, chooks, people doing interesting things, and still life subjects. I've also painted backdrops for some model train layouts.

I'm an active member of the Visual Arts Society of Yass and of our local landcare group.

You can find me on LinkedIn at: Maren Child