For over 25 years Rick forged a career as a successful copywriter. Twenty of those were as part owner and founder of Tank, a creative agency that strived to make a meaningful difference through their work. Carrying on this ethos, Rick left Tank to pursue his passion for picture book writing, and through drawing on his own experience write his first picture book, 'Why Worry Wally?', to help kids talk about and cope with their worries and anxiety. Rick is a strong advocate for mental health, in particular anxiety in children and men, and is passionate about de-stigmatising issues around mental health. Discovered by The Rebecca Hossack Gallery London/ New York, award-winning Melbourne based artist Jackie Case has exhibited globally including solo shows in London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, and international art fairs, including, Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Paris. Recognised for her super detailed pencil work, each piece is painstakingly intricate with minuscule detail. Jackie's illustrations have also graced multiple publications such as 'Colour Melbourne', 'Flying Penguins' and the children's book 'Just in Case'.
"AS A CLINICAL COUNSELLOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS, I HAVE FOUND AN ABSENCE OF MATERIAL THAT IS FUN AND USEFUL FOR CHILD ANXIETY EDUCATION. WHY WORRY WALLY? WILL HELP FILL THAT GAP." - OLIVIA SAKAMOTO MC (MONASH UNIVERSITY)"THANK YOU AGAIN, SO MUCH, FOR THE BOOK YESTERDAY. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, MY DAUGHTER SOPHIA (WHO IS 6) LOVED IT SO MUCH! SHE WAS REALLY ENGAGED WITH THE WHOLE STORY - IT WAS PERFECT FOR HER AGE AS SHE REALLY FELT CONNECTED TO ALL OF THE WORRIES THAT WALLY HAD, SHE LAUGHED AND GASPED THROUGH THE WHOLE THING AND EVEN MIMICKED HER MATCHING (TOOTHLESS) GRIN TO WALLY IN THE END... AND THEN WANTED TO READ THE BLURB AND FINE PRINT TO FIND OUT EVEN MORE! - RACHAEL, KIDS HELPLINE