Kathy Gardiner is a self-taught artist and illustrator that draws inspiration from the female form, nature, botanicals, fashion and the yesteryear. She predominantly favours the incorporation of simple form and linework in to her designs.
After almost 7 years away from her hobby of drawing, Kathy returned to her love of artistic creation following a terminal cancer prognosis.
Her love of artwork came at a very young age, where as a child she would draw her favourite cartoon characters and dreamt of becoming an animator. As the years past her love of drawing evolved in to photography and she has spent many years and numerous courses nurturing that love while travelling the globe with visions of becoming a travel photographer and writer.
Unfortunately life got in the way, and an early intrusion of cancer became reality at the young age of 25.
Kathy focuses on bringing joy, spunk and social awareness to her work.
She is inspired by her travels, nature, 1970s psychedelic posters, vintage book covers, fashion photography, street murals, art deco and art nouveau works, and personally enjoys artworks that have a social importance impact that help to heal, enlighten, empower and bring joy to the viewer.
Kathy is the author and wellness advocate behind The Naked Gardiner, of which you will see her mission and her positivity motto Love. Accept. Believe. Nourish. Live. highly entwined in her artistic work. She has been a strong voice for terminal patients and continues to raise awareness and hope for cancer patients within Australia.
She is a keen vintage collector, op shopper and sustainable/conscious fashion advocate and is striving towards adding Textile Designer to her self-taught repertoire. She believes art should be wearable and not limited to walls.
An avid traveller and amateur photographer with constantly itchy feet and a desire to fill her knowledge cup, Kathy is known to have a bit of a potty mouth, likes to shock people, laughs louder than most and has an addiction to vintage clothes, that may need third party intervention. Kathy enjoys nothing more than the serenity of being at home with her husband and her crazy free-spirited french bulldog, Winston; daily walks amongst nature, a good book, a glass of Kombucha and listening to tunes. Kathy lives in inner Brisbane, Australia.
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Earth Healing: Healing the earth to heal ourselves by Dr Mahdi Mason
Theme / Chapter Illustrator
ANON - Anonymous Art Exhibition, The Sunlight Centre, Brisbane
Anonymous art charity exhibition raising funds towards the crisis counselling centre to assist in the prevention of suicide and self harm.
Kathy Gardiner is a sole trader under the business banner of The Naked Gardiner ABN 46457221736