Stephen Scheding lives in Sydney. He graduated in Arts in English and Psychology (UNSW) and has worked as a teacher and psychologist as well as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has written and illustrated three children's books: Uncle Mick's Magic Trick (for getting rid of monsters); Ten Thousand Sheep (get driven home) and King Gilbert (The Indolent) - all published by Scholastic. His first narrative non-fiction book, A Small Unsigned Painting, was published in 1998 (Vintage, Random House) and he has since had two Varuna fellowships to assist with his art mysteries: The National Picture (published in 2002, Vintage, Random House) and A Painting Found on a Footpath (current project). He is now tragically addicted to collecting printed material relating to Australian visual artists.