Kate Riley works and lives in the inner west of Sydney, Australia. Her initial creative career was in graphic design, but after several years and two children she decided to realise a long-held dream and study art. She completed an honours degree in Fine Art at the National Art School, majoring in printmaking.

She now helps run Tiliqua Studio in St Peters with her partner, Felix Oppen (who has stayed true to his passion for graphic design). Tiliqua Studio is a combined printmaking studio and co-work design space which hopes to nurture creative people who want to express themselves in a multitude of mediums and methods.

“I find working in mezzotint (and drawing in charcoal) rewarding and inspiring: the allure of velvety blacks and shifting tones is irresistible. For me, the concentration and time that is needed to produce even the smallest mezzotint print allows a space for the work to develop. Although I am a naturally loud person, the mezzotints demand a quiet and measured voice.”

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