Vivienne Lingard has been a professional artist since she was 17, when she acquired her first job in an advertising agency. Since then she has been an exhibiting artist and teacher, of both graphic and fine arts. In 2003 she began illustrating children's books, and in 2007 initiated a class titled Introduction to Children's Book Illustration, which is held at Te Tuhi, Centre for the Arts, Pakuranga.
Vivienne specialises in drawing; using a range of media, including colour pencil, charcoal and ink. Although she is known for her ability to draw people, she can draw virtually anything. Vivienne was delighted when asked to illustrate Save Our Seas, by Maria Gill, for she loves New Zealand, its nature and marine life. Sitting at her easel, drawing dolphins, sea lions, penguins, etc. is just the kind of work she likes.