Courtney Brims


At St Margaret’s 1996 - 2002

Courtney Brims is an artist and illustrator known for her intricate natural history illustrations with a gothic twist inspired by her love of Australian native flora and fauna.

Attending St Margaret’s between 1996 and 2002, Courtney spent much of her childhood roaming the countryside in Samford collecting dead beetles, dressing up as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and drawing prehistoric birds. 

After graduating from St Margaret’s, Courtney completed a degree in interior design at the Queensland University of Technology before becoming a full-time illustrator in 2008. Since then she has had numerous solo shows across Australia and the US and collaborated with national and international brands. 

Courtney’s artworks have hung in New York and London galleries, been printed on billboards throughout Brisbane, graced fabrics used by fashion label Zimmermann and featured in many wallpapered British residences through her collaboration with Mineheart. She has also completed commercial projects for brands including Brancott Estate Wines, Bavarian Bier Café, Abbott’s Village Bakery and Random House Books.

She looks back on her time at St Margaret’s with great fondness, especially art classes in the old Mayo building, playing in the jazz band, hockey (she still enjoys playing competitive level hockey) and the lasting friendships she made there, saying, ‘St Margaret’s helped instil a strong work ethic in me and a belief that I can achieve anything. I was encouraged to think outside the square, to always stay curious and ask questions.”


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