A collective of creatives, design-philes, ‘big picture’ thinkers and of course, coffee drinkers

Every member of our team is an expert at what they do and brings a diverse mix of skills and experience to our studio.

But you know what? They’re really nice people too. Bright and fun, with a ‘can do’ attitude that makes anything possible.

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Mariangela Virtue

Managing Director

Years in industry:26
Years with Mariart:24

Mariangela had a vision for building a small business that delivered strategic and innovative design solutions. From that dream, Mariart was born in 1998, beginning a two decade-long adventure that’s still going strong. Mariangela’s drive and creativity delivers solutions that challenge conventional marketing ideas and gets results. She engages with clients at all levels, committed to ensuring they receive the highest level of service. This focus on forming meaningful relationships, founded on a genuine care and commitment, and market savvy, practical advice, has seen Mariart build a loyal client base that includes some of Australia and New Zealand’s most exciting and innovative brands.

Food: Anything Italian
Film: Love Actually
TV: The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Book: The Pearlers Wife
Music: Whitney Houston
Holiday: Italy
Specialist Subject: Travel

Alison Baillie

Studio Manager

Years in industry:14
Years with Mariart:6

After completing her design degree at the Edinburgh College of Art, Alison moved to Australia, where she refined her skills working in in-house and freelance roles. As Mariart’s Studio Manager, she combines her design knowledge and organisational skills, to manage our workflow and schedule, as well as client liaison. Alison’s focus, always, is on making sure we deliver on brief, and on time. She enjoys keeping her hand in design and supporting clients to manage their digital and social media channels.

Food: Rhubarb
Film: Hot Fuzz
TV: Flea Bag
Book: Winnie the Pooh
Music: Bruce Springsteen
Holiday: Hoi An
Specialist Subject: Travel

Lee La Motta

Art Director

Years in industry:12
Years with Mariart:10

Lee is an experienced graphic designer who has worked in a number of Brisbane design studios, developing creative for high profile projects. Now, as Mariart’s Art Director, he draws on this experience, working closely with the design team to deliver creative excellence. Lee loves to be challenged creatively and technically, and he’s a perfectionist. He pays attention to every detail, only satisfied when designs are at their conceptual and visual peak. An approach that guarantees outstanding results for Mariart clients.

Food: Pizza
Film: The Talented Mr Ripley
TV: The Simpsons
Book: Misery
Music: Trip Hop
Holiday: Japan
Specialist Subject: Typography

Mark Gerrard

Senior Creative / Brand Manager

Years in industry:35
Years with Mariart:9

Mark’s career in brand management and design spans more than 25 years. He’s worked with some of Australia’s most loved brands and organisations including Myer, International Cricket Council and the Queensland Museum. It’s this rich mix of experience and his thirst for exploring new ideas and technology, that ensures Mariart clients benefit from the latest, most creative thinking. An expert in delivering exceptional visual concepts which evolve into brilliant brands and promotional materials, Mark’s skills extend to illustration, video production and 3D graphics.

Food: There is almost nothing I won’t at least try once
Film: Arrival (see book below)
TV: Currently spitting out food & drink at my screen watching the hilarious Dirk Gently on Netflix
Book: Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang (The movie is titled Arrival)
Music: Alternative always
Holiday: Anywhere warm, with good diving
Specialist Subject: Archery, diving and porcelain casting

Willi Wissler

Senior Creative

Years in industry:11
Years with Mariart:3

Willi has a background in both marketing and design, and a blend of agency and freelance experience across a wide range of industries, including mining and real estate. Willi uses his skills and expertise to deliver attention-grabbing design across every medium – from digital to print. His passion is creating designs that have maximum visual impact, having mastered the essential arts of photo editing, composition and layout. While his unwavering commitment to brand integrity ensures our clients can be confident their brand is in safe hands.

Food: Cheese with Pasta
Film: The King
TV: The Dragon Prince
Book: A Clockwork Orange
Music: Toni Braxton, Unbreak my Heart
Holiday: Maroochydore
Specialist Subject: Electronic Music Production

Michael Beaumont

Web Developer

Years in industry:19
Years with Mariart:9

Michael brings more than 10 years’ experience in website design and system development to the Mariart team. The perfect complement to our creative design team, Michael has the technical know-how that enables us to deliver well-designed, user-friendly websites with exceptional functionality for our clients. It’s all down to Michael’s wide-ranging skill set, which ranges from complete customisation and personalisation of new websites to modifications or extensions to existing sites and systems. Skills he’s honed working on web solutions for several international organisations including the World Wildlife Foundation.

Food: Anything exotic or interesting
Film: Pan's Labyrinth
TV: Comedy and documentary
Book: The Running Man
Music: Alternative
Holiday: South Korea
Specialist Subject: Cooking and outdoors

Joanne Foley

Office Manager

Years in industry:8
Years with Mariart:8

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as diplomas in Accounting and Management, Joanne is the perfect person to manage the Mariart office. Her love for the arts beautifully complements our creative approach, while her 20 years’ experience in administrative roles ensures the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Disciplined and thorough, with a distinct flair for organisation, Joanne is dedicated to providing the Mariart team and our clients with excellent service and support.

Food: Anything loaded with chilli, onion and garlic
Film: Pan’s Labyrinth
TV: I tolerate the Cooking Channel
Book: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Music: Dave Graney
Holiday: A shady spot near a muddy water hole
Specialist Subject: Kayaking

Janelle Mangan

Specialist Support - Brand Strategist

Janelle specialises in business and marketing strategy, competitive positioning and reputation management. She applies the highest level of strategic thinking, while developing effective and compelling tactical responses. Janelle works with small and large businesses across the public, private and not-for-profit sections. She has the proven ability to navigate complexity, bring clarity and creativity, and deliver real results in local and global markets.

Food: Nachos
Film: On The Basis Of Sex
TV: I don’t watch TV
Book: Waste not want not
Music: U2
Holiday: Anywhere
Specialist Subject: Keeping healthy and fit

Nicola Pickup

Specialist Support - Marketing Strategist

Nicola is a marketing strategist who specialises in defining and refining marketing strategies for brand, product and retail needs. With 20 years international marketing experience working with big-name brands including SQD Athletica, Triumph and Village Roadshow, Nicola offers clients access to the latest market insights, strategies and tactics. Her performance-focused approach ensures marketing outcomes drive commercial success, now and into the future.

Food: Roast Dinner with Yorkshire Puddings
Film: I love an action movie like the Bourne series but can watch Devil Wears Prada anytime!
TV: Vikings, The Crown and Friends!
Book: More of a podcast girl
Music: House Music, R&B, Jazz - anything goes really...
Holiday: Rome for Discovery, Whitsundays for Relaxing, Banff in Canada for Skiing!
Specialist Subject: Shopping for Clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery anything really.

Bruce Irwin

Specialist Support - Print Manager

Bruce has been involved in printing for as long as he can remember. He was born into a family-owned printing business and has been working in the Queensland printing industry for 30 years. He has a wealth of experience and strong relationships with pre-press and printing companies, and is a specialist in graphic reproduction, pre-press, press checking and finishing. He is Chairman of Judging for the Queensland Print Industry Craftmanship Awards (PICA).

Food: Thai
Film: Gran Torino
TV: Seinfeld
Book: Hobbit
Music: Jack Johnson
Holiday: Melbourne
Specialist Subject: Golf

Darren Jones

Specialist Support - Business Strategist

Darren has that rare combination of creativity and business acumen that enables him to develop innovative business strategies for clients. He has been behind the launch of literally thousands of business concepts into competitive markets including retail, tourism, entertainment, arts, recruitment and fitness. His extensive experience working in the finance, insurance and banking sectors informs his practical approach to planning, and his ideas can immediately be actioned to achieve better commercial results.

Food: Anything from my vegie garden
Film: 10 Canoes
TV: Life on Earth by the wonderous Sir David Attenborough
Book: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Music: Elena Kats-Chernin
Holiday: Sunset on the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona
Specialist Subject: Earth sciences

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