About Me

My name is Glenda Strong and I have a life long passion for art, design and education. I’ve developed ‘illustrations by glenda’ to bring these three passions together.

I have wanted to drawing for as long as I could hold a pencil. My teenage self picked Architecture because, well, that must be about drawing. After a lengthy degree I spent thirteen years as a practising Architect where I worried about drainage, specifications, contracts and risk management. It turned out there was very little drawing involved and a lot of phone calls, meetings and site inspections. All good and exciting if that’s your thing. After a heap of self questioning, I reinvented myself as a University Lecturer and learned to flex my creative muscles with the many young creatives I met there.

Thirteen years later (apparently thirteen is my lucky number), that big old question popped up again: “Who am I and what in the world am I doing?” My fifty-two year old self reached inside and coaxed my inner sixteen year old back out to play. And play she did. Characters appeared on the page, Ella being the first. Ella smiled, I smiled back. More people smiled, and so it grew.