I'm originally from England, went to art school in Minneapolis (MCAD), and now live and work as a designer, writer and illustrator in San Francisco. In recent years I've published two graphic novels, 'Beautiful' and 'Sky Orb', and am working on my third -- which will be out in 2017. Much of my current and past work is posted on and mariedabreo.com. Perhaps it's the comic book artist in me, but I find I like to experiment with minimal brush stroke and line until the right emotion emerges. The beauty in the white space. The wonder in the thoughts between the marks. Often I let the inks (which I use a lot) work for themselves and do what they will. So there is a happier, looser feel to the creation. This way of working just came about naturally on it's own from exploring a lot of pen and ink drawing and ink washes. I prefer painting with India ink, using an assortment of Japanese paintbrushes and dip pen, on bristol vellum or watercolor paper.