Questions & Answers
Where and when were you born?
Northam, Western Australia in 1969.
Where do you live now?
On the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
My husband and my two beautiful boys, my groodle ‘Crazy Daisy’ and ‘Arnie’ the terminator budgie.
How long have you been painting/illustrating?
Since I was knee-high to a gecko! But it wasn't until 2007 that I turned my passion into a full-time profession! My book illustration work has only evolved in the last two years.
How have you developed your skill in this area?
I don't know that it was ever 'developed' - rather, it was always just there like an untapped gene, part of my personality which I hadn't discovered yet. I feel very blessed that I found it! Someone recently described my style as anthropomorphic...(I dare you to say that 10 times in a row!). If you needed to fit me into a box then this would be it, but I like to think of it as pure Michelle Pikeism.
Who or what has been a major inspiration/influence in your painting?
My love for the Australian environment, its flora and fauna and of course the great Aussie sense of humour - these have all been huge influences in my painting. A lot of the inspiration for the storylines however come from my childhood experiences or even now as a Mum. My painting gives me an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane but to also express the more 'trying' times with a positive slant. Sometimes you've got to laugh, or you'll cry - isn't that how it goes?!
What do you hope to give with your art?
A belly-aching laugh! If you're not laughing, then you don't get it.
What do you get from your art?
Freedom of expression. To put my own stamp on the art industry. I get to say "art doesn't have to be serious" and "yes, you can hang it in the toilet without offending me!"
What has been your greatest moment with your painting?
When my son announced he liked one so much, that he wanted it for his room. My boys are my harshest critics - it was like winning the Archibald!
What would you say to someone who is interested in taking up painting?
Do it because you love it and don't be afraid to be different.
What part of your spirit adds to your success as an artist?
My thirst for life and knowledge. I want to know everything and do everything - I've already accepted that I will die frustrated at not being able to achieve this!
The Bush Inn, Geelong, VIC Australia (Limited Edition Canvas Prints)
Australian Wildlife Hospital, Beerwah, Qld Australia (Limited Edition Prints)
Selwa Anthony Literary Agent, Sydney, NSW Australia (Book Illustration work)