Since I was a child, I’ve always been drawing, and knew that I wanted to explore that someday. It wasn’t until university that I became aware of career options in that field.
I’m an illustrator by heart, and my art is very quirky and whimsical with a strong concept or narrative. I love drawing animals and developing characters.
My art is mostly based on my own personal experiences. Some of the characters in my work include my own pets or personal items.
I mainly work digitally, but also love watercolour and acrylics.
I find limiting choices very tricky at times. There are so many options when creating, and often it’s hard to limit yourself to a set route and not deafen the message of a piece of art by being less specific.
I think the visual presentation is most important to me, since art can have many interpretations, and I’d like my work to relate to each individual differently.
Yes. My “Lollipop Ellie” is my favourite piece, because I love animals, and he is quite a quirky and loveable character.
My own, quiet space, such as my studio. I like music while I work.
A typical day includes getting most of the business side done in the morning, such as promotion. Then I like to chill out and get some painting done without having to worry about getting sidetracked.
Watching other artists has definitely influenced me a lot. My own style of fashion and taste of music also directs my vision.
I think there’s a lot of visual arts, but not as much illustration showcased in South Australia. I was, however, very excited when I heard that my favourite artist, Etam Cru, came to do a street piece on one of the buildings here.
You should definitely look into tertiary education. A lot of people say you don’t really need to study to work as an artist, however the amount of information and portfolio refinement they teach you puts you on a whole different level that’s not easily attainable when you’re starting out and don’t know where to go. While studying, don’t assume if you graduate you will automatically get a job with the piece of paper you get. It is your gathered experience as well as a diverse but targeted portfolio that will determine your success. It is, however, a wholly satisfying career to pursue!