CATHERINE HYDE trained in Fine Art Painting at Central School of Art in London in the early 80's. She is well known for her intellectual and symbolic paintings, charged with atmospheric and iconic images. She has illustrated three picture books - Firebird (written by Saviour Pirotta), The Princess's Blankets (written by Carol Ann Duffy) and Little Evie in the Wild Wood (written by Jackie Morris). The Star Tree is the first picture book she has written and illustrated. Catherine lives in Cornwall, UK.