As a child, Phoebe Morris always dreamed of becoming a zoo keeper and working with animals. However, persistent allergies meant that she ended up drawing them instead. As an adult, Phoebe now spends her time drawing a range of things – either on paper, or on her custom PC named 'the Millennium Falcon'.
In 2015 Phoebe collaborated with author David Hill on the acclaimed picture-book biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, First to the Top. Unanimously praised for the quality of the illustrations, it was named a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. In a review for the NZ Listener, Ann Packer wrote, 'Wellingtonian Phoebe Morris makes a stunning debut as an illustrator . . . From the arresting cover, through cameos of his younger life to haunting, other-worldly mountainscapes, Morris's style gives the old story a cool new edge.'
A second title with David Hill, Speed King, about Burt Munro and his legendary world-record-breaking Indian motorcycle, was published in August 2016.
Phoebe is also the illustrator of the Frankie Potts junior fiction series by Juliet Jacka.
Find out more about Phoebe's work at http://phoebe.design/
Awards & Recognition
Storylines Notable Picture Book Award