heather mckay

heather mckay

I have drawn ever since I can remember. Before I had pencils I would stick my finger in my soup and make pictures on the kitchen table! I also know that I was never so much interested in the words in books, rather the pictures…I loved the pictures!

I went to college and studied Design, but I continued to illustrate (drawing pictures from my head). I would make cards for people I loved.

 

“Listening to my heart and soul is also very central to my process and trying to connect with my uninhibited child self (the one who drew on the table with her soup!)”

It has taken me a long time to find my confidence as an illustrator, but with at least 25 years under my belt, I can just about believe that I am qualified to call myself one now! I have been teaching Design for 20 years too, which keeps me on my toes—new challenges, advances in technology, students struggling to believe they are any good…But as ever, drawing remains my foundation. Trying to harness the creative spark is always more important than a person’s limitations on a computer for instance. Even 20 years on, I can safely say that my passion for making marks on a page has not waned.

Listening to my heart and soul is also very central to my process and trying to connect with my uninhibited child self (the one who drew on the table with her soup!) My daughter helps me take time out to be silly. She has been my guide, showing me that life does not have to be all about work—there is time to go on the swings, jump on the trampoline or play chasing at the pool!

My life sounds simple but it has had its hardships—I have learnt to thank God for my bad memory on that front! I take each day as it comes. I always hope for the good, and even on a bad day I never let go of my optimism!

I am about to go back to college to do a course in Children’s Book Illustration. I am very excited to be able to explore new ways of working, and for once not having to be the teacher!

andrew McKay

Andrew was my big brother. In the summer of 2000, he took on the task of managing ME and became the main catalyst behind the formation of Head in the Clouds Ltd. He encouraged me to think bigger and smarter. He believed in all the possibilities for Head in the Clouds Ltd. 

Sadly Andrew passed away at the age of 30 (from cancer). He will always be remembered by many for his endless enthusiasm for hockey and his great ability to enjoy life! 

Even though he left this world before his time, he certainly left his mark.

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