My interest for the arts began from around the age of 4, mainly painting and drawing at kindergarten. Encouragement came form my ophthalmologist (eye specialist), who advised my parents that art classes would help develop my talent.
For many years to come art was there but not as a career and certainly attempted to obtain a day job to be like the rest of society. But due to a nasty back injury and being vision impaired has not made it easy to secure meaningful employment.
Art is often viewed as a way of copping out and not a career to pursue. Well after spending more than $17000 on an education and a few career changes later I have still not been rewarded with decent employment. The discrimination and denial of work has taken a heavy toll on my dignity, as I wanted to live a normal life, buy a house, get in to Uni, have a steady job and so on. But none of that has happened despite the effort I have contributed to getting to where I wanted to be.
Even though art has always been there in the background it slowly began to emerge and speak to me like no other experiences I’d ever had. The more I ignored my art the more it pushed it’s way into my life. It has saved my life too, as art became my therapy to deal with my disappointments of not being able to obtain employment. I had become quite depressed and at times suicidal over not fitting in with the rest of society.
Art is back now for good to aid in helping me come to terms with a society that can only focus on what us disabled can’t do. So in a way my art shows people how to focus on what we can do. This is why I have pushed myself so hard to develop a high quality and standard of work to demonstrate that a person with a disability can created a quality product.My early school years are best left in the past. My life has been an up hill climb, full of people saying “you can’t do that, because your vision impaired.”
So that has just made me want to work harder and achieve more for me. I stopped thinking about what others think a long time ago.My other main passion in life is drums and percussion, which I have been playing since the age of eight. I have played in a variety of bands that have ranged from heavy rock/funk through to country music.
|jpg file: Me painting No 2 – This is my studio in the back yard. I’ve never been able to purchase a home as renting sucks, I can only take what I can afford..||Aged 10ish – Here I am at primary school using up some free time drawing.|
|Suburban Nites – Group shot of the first serious band I was in. Played mainly classic rock from the 50’s to the 90’s. I’m the one in the light grey jeans in the middle.||Year 12 – Here I am working on an end of year 12 final assessment project. I studied horses for a year and create Samuel the mythological horse. Mum now has this in pride of place in the hall way at their house.|
|Opth Report of eye condition – here is an ophthalmologists report regarding the Technical side of how crap my eye sight is by an authorised medical professional||Eye Condition – This is the closest image I could find that represents some similarities of my vision loss. I do see colour and only in detail up to 30cm’s away then after that it’s shapes and blobs with minimal detail. Working on a project that provides a representation of what I can see.|