Creative Showcase - In My Backyard

New Zealand illustrator Katie Wilson aka In My Backyard spends her days capturing moments of nature in water colour. Birds, leaves and leisurely snails flitter across the paper leaving a soft trail of dewy tones behind...

"I have a degree in graphic design and illustration and have spent the last few years working in museums and art galleries. I’ve been drawing and making things for as long as I can remember."

Listing her likes as "Overcast days, avocados, walking her over-enthusiastic dog, dreaming of an abundant vegetable garden and collecting twigs" Katie finds inspiration at her doorstep, working in a little old house with a big backyard in Christchurch.

We caught up with Katie to find out more about what inspires her lovely drawings...
What do you love most about what you do?
Whether I am doing a self directed project or a commissioned illustration, I love the whole process, from idea generation to seeing the final product. Getting feedback from happy customers is a wonderful feeling and I think I even like doing my accounts!

What inspires your illustrations?
Plants, animals and nature - all the things I find in my backyard

Everything you make is handmade - what does this add to your work?
I find the unpredictability and impurities of the handmade so inspiring, this comes through in the textures and shapes I create and it gives my work an extra depth.

If you were a kid in Christchurch where is the first place you'd go?
It’s the middle of a cold and dreary winter here, so perhaps I would go to the glasshouse in Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens, it is so tropical and warm there that there are bananas growing!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a vet, or work with animals. Now I draw them instead.

If you were to design the ultimate tree house what would it look like?

To see more of Katie's beautiful work visit her etsy store.

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