Were you creative as a child?
Yes, I have always loved art, and was always involved in some kind of art or craft activity growing up. My mum is also extremely creative, so it was always around and always encouraged.
I am an illustrator who uses digital painting techniques. My work is colourful, playful and dreamy. I love using lots of colour and filling the page with interesting things. I then use my illustrations to create art prints and stationery.
When I started I was doing simple, original acrylic paintings and now I work digitally.
I read a little article about Etsy shortly after it started, and it made me think about selling my art (I was painting and drawing at the time).
I am constantly inspired by the natural world. I live in a very bushy part of Brisbane, and the birds, butterflies and other wildlife are a constant companion.
I have just been kicked out of my office to make way for my second son, who was born earlier this year, so now I am creating out of our laundry until we begin renovations to our house.
What is your favourite thing to make?
Alma is my middle name, and was the name of my grandmother who I never met. I just liked the look and sound of it, and decided to use it as my artist name. The B is a nod back to Bec, and also adds to the look and sound of the name.
The next 12 months is very exciting for me. After a few years of pregnancy and baby raising, I now have the next 12 months as a clean slate to create (fitting in around child minding duties of course!).
Be prepared for a lot of hard work! Often there is a lot of work before you can even start presenting your work to the world, which will be unpaid.
Because I still have young children, I don't have large stretches of creative time, but on days when my eldest child goes to day care, I work frantically in the nap times of my youngest – sitting at the computer, drawing, emailing, posting images online.
My absolute favourite:
What do you like to listen to while creating?
I love listening to podcasts while I'm creating. I try to fill any time I can with acquiring some kind of knowledge. My favourites are 'This American Life', 'Blueprint for Living', 'I don't know How She Does It' and 'The Create and Thrive Podcast'.
There are so many! Our house is filled with handmade objects.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us Bec.