Growing up on the Sunshine Coast and living at the edge of a rainforest has set the tone for Christie’s artwork. She is now lucky enough to work from her home studio in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria.
“My inspiration is right outside my window from birds to surrounding forest to lush gardens,” says Christie. “I also love the unusual, waxy leaves of indoor plants, retro fashion and décor of the 1960s.”
Christie has always drawn and it was not until she studied graphic design that she realised it could develop into a career.
“I soon learnt that it was possible for me to make a living from my illustrations,” she says. “My advice to those starting out would be to read as many books as you can on the business side of design/illustration. It does not matter how talented you are at drawing, you still need to be able to do your own invoicing, accounting, marketing and general administration.”
Christie is currently working on an Australian floral range for spring whilst her latest collection is available now at Nerida Hansen Fabrics.
Words by Jacquie Taylor