A farm girl at heart, Belinda Gillies uses animals as her inspiration for her beautiful artwork. Horoscopes are among her many pieces of her artistically expressed work. Belinda is 1 of 6 children and she used that as her first artwork inspiration(see below)! The second we saw Belinda's work we just had to have it. Bringing the personal appeal of horoscopes and animals into people's homes is truly a fun way to add a splash of art into home decor! Using a felt tip pen and acrylic paint she has mastered the fine artwork that she now sells with us at Kess Inhouse!
KIH: What is your first memory as an artist?
BG: I illustrated & stapled book for my Mum when I was about 6. It was called '3 Little Fish' - it was basically about a little fish called Vengie who wanted their best friend to stay the night but there were no spare beds in the fish-house because Vengie had so many siblings. I am one of 6 kids so maybe it was my subconscious talking. ha!
KIH: What is your creative process?
BG: I have a folder on my computer called 'Inspiration' and I gather pics, textures, photos that drive me creatively. In saying that i could be inspired on a train and I have been known to whip out my pens & pencils when commuting home from work. Many awkward moments missing my stop!
KIH: What was your first medium?
BG: Acrylic Paint
KIH: What is your favorite medium?
BG: At the moment Felt Tip Pen
KIH: What is your favorite color right now?
BG: Aqua. My wardrobe is full of it.
KIH: What common threads do you find show up in your work?
BG: I'm a farm girl at heart, so animals are featured a lot. Im quite drawn to nature and I love all animals. My good luck bird is a willy-wagtail, and our whole family calls these 'Clickybirds'. So I made a company out of this name for good luck.
I recently drew a horse for an Australian magazine competition, which was quite big for me - seeing as I am petrified of horses.
KIH: Where do you do most of your work?
BG: Anywhere really. I have a drawing desk at home that is set up for whenever inspiration strikes. This desk has framed illustrations from past students I have taught (I teach Graphic Design at a College), as I am inspired by lots of different styles and I learn a lot from other artists.