Author/Illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia
Larissa is a freelance illustrator with many strings to her bow. In 2021 she decided to couple her creative powers with her entrepreneurial mindset and founded the bereavement care charity Possum Portraits. This charity provides bereaved Australian parents with keepsake portrait drawings of babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death free of charge.
Larissa grew up and studied in the UK, attaining her MA in Illustration and Book Arts from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. With a keen interest in craft, Larissa has engaged in artistic pursuits ranging from painting and jewellery design to photography, pottery and dressmaking.
A polymath at heart, Larissa's career exemplifies her truly wondrous diversity of skill. She was the assistant project manager of an Australian gold mining company's operations in Peru before being employed as development fund consultant in Berlin, where she worked with businesses and start-ups in the arts and culture sector. But it is with illustration that she has found a medium as diverse as her interests, and today specialises in the use of analogue techniques such as pen and ink, gouache and watercolour.
Though she is fluently trilingual, Larissa prefers to write in English. She was first published at the young age of 17 with a poem in a young writer’s anthology, and has been writing stories and poems ever since. Since 2018 she has been represented by UK literary and illustration agent SP Agency, most noted in the industry for representing Children's Book Laureate Lauren Child.
Larissa's great love is the picture book. Writing for young children allows her to live out her passion for words as well as pictures, and she is looking forward to seeing her work in print one day.
SP Agency, UK
MA Illustration and Book Arts
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
BA Fine Art
University of Bolton, Manchester, UK
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