Petronela was born in the former Czechoslovakia. She grew up in a little village called Borša, surrounded by woods and vineyards. From the age of 14 she studied at a boarding school in Košice.

When she was 18 Petronela decided to live and study in Suffolk, UK where she received her arts degree. Soon after graduation she decided to enroll in the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at the Cambridge School of Art.

She currently lives in scenic Tattingstone with her partner Dan and dog Haribo.

Petronela loves exploring the coasts and estuaries of Suffolk where many of her story ideas are born.

Petronela’s debut picture book The THINGs has published by Child’s Play in August 2019.

Petronela is represented by Bright Agency.