Meet the Artist: 5 Minutes with Katie Wyatt

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?

Yes, definitely. I remember being only four years old and telling my mum I wanted to have an exhibition but, of course, I didn’t actually know what one was.

I had a wonderful childhood and was encouraged to paint and draw from a very early age. I was lucky that my parents recognised early on that I had a love of art and craft, so they encouraged me as a child. Mum kept me stocked up with sticky tape, paper, pens, pencils, and empty boxes. Recently I discovered the drawings my Grandfather did. My mum had held on to them over the years. It was amazing to see his talent. Very inspiring.

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

My work is very loose and representational, and the physical act of painting completely immerses me. I engage my right brain while making artwork which means I don’t overthink but make colour and composition decisions based on emotion and gut feeling.

Do you have a favourite photograph or painting?

I’m lucky to have done some arty “swaps” with some favourite artists – Ben Tankard (NSW) and Jessie Rigby (VIC) whose work I adore.

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the pieces on exhibition in our gallery?

The pieces in the exhibition are abstract Aussie landscapes. I have done a lot of travel across the country, and the vast expanses of space, colours, and atmosphere are carved into my memory, giving me unlimited reference material.

What are five things you’re loving at the moment?

Ok, firstly, I’ll admit that I’m a True Crime podcast fanatic. It’s what I listen to when I work.

Second would be coffee. I gave it up five years ago but have slipped back into the habit. Hmmmm!!

Third would be my Chinese massage lady, Le, who crunches me real good!

Fourth, my fave singer Sarah Bareilles.

Fifth, my tumble dryer. Oh winter, would you piss off already. 😊

Any advice for younger artists?

Use the best quality materials you can afford, otherwise, you will put a shitload of work into a piece and wonder why it didn’t work. Cheap materials will never give you a good result. You won’t have instant success. Many years of hard work go into establishing a successful career – as in any industry.