Here is the Q&A, I hope you enjoy it!
*How did you first start out with your art?
I began drawing and writing when I was quite young then after studying art at school went to the Queensland College of Art and studied Graphic Design. After years of trying lots of different jobs I began to focus on my art. I made decorative papier-mâché articles and painted on anything I could find. At first I sold my original art at markets then opened a gallery of my own work. Then as it grew in popularity I began to license my work on to items such as greeting cards and books so it found a larger audience.
*Did you always want to be an artist?
Not really I wanted to be a nurse. But I’m very happy now to be an artist!
*What was your first job?
My first job was working in a juice bar.
*What are some of your hobbies?
Going to coffee shops, travelling, playing squash.
*How did you start getting your work published?
I approached a publisher I admired and though was a good fit for my work. It has been and still is a tremendous relationship.
*Where do you get your ideas from?
I get lots of ideas from observing life and the emotions of people and animals. Nature is so beautiful it is great inspiration.
*Do you remember what the very first thing you ever drew was?
I have many of my childhood drawings and one of my first was a girl in a red dress sitting on a hill under a rainbow. I was about 6 when I painted it but it’s quite sweet.
*What is one of your favourite things to draw?
*How do you describe your work?
Whimsical and naïve.
*Do you have a very arty 'drawing in' room?
It’s a very nurturing room with computers on one side and painting on the other. I look out into trees and have lots of plants on my windowsill.
*What most recently inspired you?
Today I was in my local coffee shop and the most adorable native marsupial, which I think was a common Planigale, turned up to nibble on a breadcrumb. It was the size of a strawberry and seemed to enjoy an audience. I could have watched it all day!
*What artists/illustrators do you look up do?
I think Mirka Mora is extraordinary.
*In five words, how can you describe the feeling of starting on something new?
Scary, challenge, duty, love and excitement.
*Do you have a favourite quote?
Many but here’s one that’s special …
‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’
*Do you have a favourite animal or creature?
I love all animals but dogs and birds move me enormously.
Thank you very much Kate!
Keep being inspired,