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TFW talk with artist Kirstin Mills!

Two Flat Whites recently had the pleasure in talking with talented artist & keen writer Kirstin Mills. Kirstin’s art can best be described as fantasy. Although, she doesn’t mind the more traditional portrait styles either. You can check out Kirstin’s online gallery & store.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

When I sign prints of my artworks I usually just sign my name, unless a special message is asked for. I haven’t yet been asked for an autograph in the street!

Home is wherever I feel the most safe, content and happy. That’s usually wherever I am with my partner. I don’t need walls and a roof to feel at home. Though if you were to look me up in a directory you would find me living in the beautiful rural outskirts of Sydney.

In your own words, what do you do?

I have fun! Work-wise I do lots of things. My main and most enjoyable part is my art. I imagine, draw and paint my way through life. Most of my art has a magical, fairy and fantasy theme. Although I also very much enjoy traditional portraiture as well. Then I bring these artworks to as many people as wish to share them through my website, in the form of prints and lovely giftware accessories like magnets, keyrings, greeting cards and lots of other wonderful things!

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – I’m always talking about the wonderful shows I grew up with in the late 80s/early 90s… “The Lost Cities of Gold” was my all time favourite but there have to be at least fifty that all had a profound effect on me in some way!

Hobby – My art, but it’s not such a hobby anymore as a way of life! I also read and write a lot, anything to do with using my all too active imagination!

Food – As a kid I hated almost everything except breakfast cereal, which I would eat for almost every meal. Nowadays I squeeze in most other kinds of food as well! I get so much pleasure from enjoying good food! Especially chocolate cake!

Fear – Not much except for King Brown snakes chasing and biting me. I really dislike them.

People – My family have always been very close, form the greatest part of my cherished (and uncherished!) memories, and provided me with so much inspiration, love and guidance.

Defining moment – My life was filled with defining moments as far as I was concerned. I was nearly always in my own world and always paid infinite attention to the details of the moment I was in. A lot of times I was observing the simplest thing, such as a flower in my garden, or a caterpillar, when I would stop and my life would catch up to me. In those moments I would realize “this is me” and “this is where I am in my life.” Those moments, happening a lot from the time I was very small, I see as my most defining, or self-defining moments.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Definitely cherished! I was so privileged to go to wonderful schools near my home, both public schools that were absolute gems in my life. School for me was such a perfectly contained world of imagination, opportunity, encouragement, growth and laughter! I would definitely go back if I could!

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up to?

I’m never sure of that myself until I am doing it! I could be whiling away the hours on a new piece of art, filling out orders from my website, thinking up and creating exciting new products based on my artworks, or anything in between! Sometimes I do try to seek some semblance of stability! A new company has just licensed my work for their perfume labels so I’m currently designing those, while also building my wholesale website.

Where can people see your work?

The main place to view all my work together is my online gallery and store: There are a few online galleries that I have work in, such as DeviantArt, Elfwood and the Australian Fantasy Art Enclave. You may also see it around the place published as greeting cards, keyrings, cross-stitch designs and of course, these perfume labels!

For love or money?

Definitely love! If I were after the money I would have studied business or law at University rather than studying English literature and then launching a career writing and painting! I love creating things immensely; it always was and always will be a huge part of me!

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

I can never be sure! It depends on how well my art is received by people all over the world and which companies feel like sharing it on their products. Personally, I will constantly strive to achieve more in my art and writing. I’m going to start work soon on a few children’s books, while short stories and novels are also set for future projects!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I honestly don’t know, and I like it that way. It means I live each moment as it happens because that’s all I have. If my life continues the way it’s traveling at the moment, I will be content and happy, and hopefully enjoy the knowledge that more and more people have shared and been touched by my art and writing.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

My partner, who I would always choose to spend time with if I could, my beautiful father who recently passed away, a brilliant man and one whose company I always cherished,… and a very ancient ancestor because I have always wondered what the people that came before me were like and whether we would get along quite well. Obviously family means a very great deal to me!

Coffee or Tea?

Tea. I absolutely love peppermint tea. I grow it in my garden and drink it all the time!

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