Born and bred in Italy, Lucia Masciullo now lives on the Gold Coast, where she works as an illustrator. She defines herself as a ‘visual explorer’ and while she works traditionally, her dynamic compositions and whimsical characters give her illustrations a fresh, contemporary feel. She likes running, surfing and eating homemade pizza. She has illustrated Sonya Hartnett’s picture books The Boy and the Toy; Come Down, Cat! and The Wild One and Kim Kane’s Family Forest.