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.
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.