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Brisbane, Queensland

© 2017 Kismet Art Design

about me

Melanie Kilby ARTIST

Hi there, I'm Melanie! A compulsive over-sharer and eternal optimist.


I made a decision in 2016 to ditch my sensible career in Graphic Design and follow my gut. So far it's led me on plenty of adventures....


One of these adventures was the opening of a little indoor plant, art and homewares store in Brisbane called Botanika by Kismet in March 2017.


During that time I indulged in my love of gardening, had a hell of a lot of chats and worked hard on my 'side project' of drawing pet portraits. I completed a massive 53 portraits in the first year and reignited the love of drawing that I'd lost since finishing an Illustration degree so many years earlier.


Botanika has since closed it's doors, but I credit it for helping me develop the courage to focus on my art career full time. I now balance my practice between commissioned work, illustration, selective graphic design projects and teaching drawing workshops.


I'm always open to commissions, so get in touch if you have a specific project you'd like to discuss.

my career so far...

BVA Illustration Griffith University Queensland College of Art. Graduated 1998.

BA Graphic Design University of the Sunshine Coast. Graduated 2003.

I have over 15 years experience working as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator in Brisbane and London for a range of clients in retail, travel and advertising to name a few.

2017 – Finalist Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award

2016 – Finalist Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award


ENTWINED. September 2019 at Percolator Gallery, Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.



Destiny; fate.

"It's kismet!" Jerry Seinfeld (Season 9, Ep 2)

Synonyms: fate, destiny, fortune, providence.

in the media

get in touch

Pet and People Portraits

Starting as a side project, my pet portraiture has kinda taken off and makes an excellent (and thoughtful) gift for loved ones. My portraits have been described as "beautifully detailed and wonderfully emotive". 

Whether it's large or small scale, traditional or digital, I'll work with you to bring your ideas to life. Get in touch for a chat about your requirements.

Art prints, original art and merch, you can find it here.

Order pet portraits & book workshop tickets here too!