It was my great pleasure to talk to Heather McKay for Episode 5 of the podcast. Heather has been my good friend for a long, long time. She was charged with looking after me at the after show party of a notorious school musical back in the day and we’ve been firm friends ever since. I’ve seen her flourish as an artist, grow a sustainable business as an illustrator while living out her spiritual path with authenticity and integrity.
Having graduated from Newpark Comprehensive School in 1991, she attended Stillorgan College of Further Education where she completed a one year Art Foundation course. She went on to study Graphic Design at Dún Laoghaire College of Art & Design (now DLIADT) between 1992 and 1995. She spent a year in Australia before returning to complete her HDip at NCAD in 1997. Heather was asked to return to Stillorgan College of Further Education, where she has been teaching Design ever since. You can find our more about Heather and her work at Head in the Clouds Ireland and on Facebook.
In our conversation, we talked about the tricky business of finding a balance between art and business, how motherhood can enhance creativity and expressing spirituality in art.
(Heather’s painting, which she talks about in the podcast, for an Easter exhibition of the Stations of the Cross.)ß
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