Hi, my name is Matilda. I am an artist and graphic designer from South Africa living in Calgary, Canada. I am and have always been a dreamer and seeker of stories and have made it my mission in life to find beauty in all that surrounds me and create accordingly.
I studied Graphic Design and after completing my design degree I ventured into teaching art. Even though I loved teaching, my heart and hands longed to make and create again, so soon after completing my teacher’s diploma, I ended up back in the world of advertising and design. In 2016 I decided it was time to go on my own creative adventure and Hello it’s Matilda was born. I have since rediscovered my love for painting and illustration. Making and creating has been a natural part of my life since I can remember. As a maker and creator, I am committed to constantly evolve my skills and to never stop learning.
Hello it’s Matilda is where I get to create. I love working in watercolour, ink or gouache and I am constantly exploring new mediums. I am inspired by my surroundings, people, places and the intricate details and colours found in nature and try to remind myself as often as I can to pause and examine them up close. I have a deep love and appreciation for flowers and plant life and often incorporate it into my work. In every culture and throughout history, flowers have been a part of people’s lives in some way or another.
“When we hope or pray, love or mourn; we do it with flowers in our hands.”
– Mandy Kirby.