Our Winter Exhibition is up and it’s absolutely amazing! It’s a completely different style to any of the exhibitions we’ve had until now.
Kate Mack, a local artist, illustrator and web designer, is known for her unique style of intricate line work & curious characters. Kate lets intuition to take over and brings to life a world where eyes, birds, colourful creatures and strange people meet within lines, shapes, colour and movement.
You’ll find Kate, with her three young kids in tow, enjoying our beautiful beaches, or drinking coffee or wine (depending on the time of day!) while she comes up with her next creation!
BCW: TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF – WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
KM: My name is Kate Mack and I am a contract Web Designer/Artist/Illustrator. I recently left my corporate web design job in the city to focus on my art as it was starting to take a toll on family life. The work life balance was hard to manage and although it was rewarding career-wise, I just felt like it was unfair to my children. It was really hard to manage pick up and drop offs … not to mention sick kids!
BCW: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT PAINTING AND ILLUSTRATION?
KM: I have always drawn. To me it’s a release of any tension and it allows my mind to drift and think things over. Bringing little characters to life makes me smile. I often doodle on things – it’s definitely my therapy (I get jittery if I don’t do it for a while!). Painting is a life long passion – I think I’ll always do it.
BCW: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR ART?
KM: My Dad is a big influence on me and how I see the world. He finds eyes and characters in everything, including trees. I grew up with that creativity being a strong influence in my life. These days, I seem to get inspired by everything around me. I find my mind drifting to all sorts of things while I’m painting or drawing.
BCW: HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR ARTWORKS FOR YOUR EXHIBITION?
KM: The artworks in the exhibition are a mixture of my favourite characters, along with my more free flowing abstract paintings. The characters show my tortured artist brain fighting with form/function/colour/patterns, whilst the paintings are more expressive and allow me to be in the moment. I wanted to include some of each to showcase the different styles I specialise in.
BCW: WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE WITH YOUR BUSINESS?
KM: I’m definitely still finding my niche. It’s so hard trying to figure out where I sit amongst the wider world of art.
BCW: WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
SV: Just do it. You’re not going to get anywhere sitting on your laurels, dreaming away!
BCW: HAVE YOU GOT A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
SV: “Be kind”
BCW: WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO WHEN YOU’RE WORKING?
SV: One of my playlists on Spotify. I’ve got a really eclectic mix of 90’s Rock, Dance, Indie and chill out dance tunes.
BCW: HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED ON THE BEACHES? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING HERE?
KM: I met my (now) husband backpacking in Coogee 16 years years ago. We travelled for a while and in 2008, we decided to move out here permanently. A friend recommended the Northern Beaches and we loved the area from the moment we arrived. It has been the perfect place to set up our family and make Sydney our home. We think the Beaches have so much to offer for families: good schools, friends, the beautiful beaches. Living this close to the beach is a dream come true!
BCW: ARE THERE ANY LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU’D LIKE TO SHOUT OUT?
KM: I’d love to give a shout out to Yaw waY Gallery (and owner, Katika Schultz) – it’s a not-for-profit gallery and creative space run by artists and musicians in Narrabeen. Kat does so much for the local art community. I’d also like to thank Diversarty, a funky little art gallery in Cromer, for taking my first painting into their gallery. And finally, I don’t think I could live without Z-bar in Collaroy Plateau – they supply me with wine and coffee and keep my kids happy with the best ice-cream on the Northern Beaches