Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, my name is Kate & I'm a farmers wife & cartoonist/artist. I live on a cropping farm with my husband & two girls aged 5 & 7 in the Liverpool Plains NSW region.
I would describe my interests as Art, Animals & Agriculture.
I grew up on a family run farm where I had a lot of fun riding horses, driving around paddocks, playing in an old wool shed & exploring a dry creek bed, my childhood really fed my imagination. On the farm, I cared for & got attached to animals. After I left school I became a Vet Nurse. I worked at a large referral clinic as Head Surgery Nurse for 8 years before starting a new career as a Survey Technician. I loved the drawing of plans & designing process as a Survey Technician so I started an Architectural Drafting course to further my skills in a field closely associated with surveying. Once I had my first child, travelling 70km to work each way wasn't viable so I started drafting, drawing up small local plans to keep my brain busy while at home with kids. During all these years I would regularly make the time to sit down with my art supplies, unwind & practice drawing. In 2013 I entered a piece in an local art show & it sold so my cartooning started to gain traction from there. I still do the odd bit of drafting but art & cartooning is my passion.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
Mostly my work is digital commission cartoons that are requested through Instagram or Facebook. I have drawn cartoons for the sides of trailers, promotional products, t shirts, books, posters, wedding invites etc. I also really enjoy drawing & painting my own cartoons for sale but lately it's mainly been commission work.
I have always loved drawing, it's been a big part of my life & it's what makes me happy.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
In the past, I have had jobs that have made me some good friends & beautiful memories but at the same time I knew when it was time to move on. Having the courage to jump in the deep end and learn something new & completely different is something I'm proud of. The reason I'm proud of this, is I'm naturally an introvert who is not a fan of conflict. Knowing when I needed to do something that was in my best interest is important & I feel, is courageous.
I'm currently very happy at home working on my cartoons & commissions. I love challenging myself creatively & knowing people are going to see my work also makes me feel courageous for putting it out there.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Enjoy everyday you have with your family & friends. Also, don't sweat the small stuff!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
My advice is to be yourself & follow your true passions, the things that excite you however big or small. Do what's best for you, If you're happy it will flow on to those around you. Everyone has a unique story with personal experiences, that I'm sure, would be amazingly courageous!