Growing up amongst the natural beauty of Phillip Island, my early years were spent discovering and learning about the many species of sea birds, ocean creatures and local plants.
Now in the middle-ish zone of my life I’m still living by the seaside, now on the Mornington Peninsula. Living near the coast provides me with plenty of inspiration for art making. It’s not just the natural environment, my fellow artistic folk from ‘The Peninsula’ motivate me to keep creating in new and different ways. Having great shops and cafes close by are also essential for my creative wellbeing!
Since receiving my qualifications in Graphic Design, I have accrued 20 years of experience designing and illustrating for many fantastic clients/employers including: Hinkler Books, The Walt Disney Company, Myer, Amscan and more. It is exciting and humbling to work with large, successful businesses, but there is a special place in my heart for small business owners who may not have a large budget but have plenty of enthusiasm and ideas.
My personal mantra is the same as Walt Disney’s: ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. All you need is a good business plan, a sprinkle of lateral thinking and a strong belief in yourself.
Photography: © Jessica Burgdorf.