My inspiration to develop this project has almost been like a serendipity event over several years. I do believe it started quite a while ago when I met a beautiful lady called Loris Corowa. Loris worked as a Community Education Counsellor at Gladstone State High School for 21 years. In that time she worked tirelessly in assisting, encouraging, motivating, supporting and mentoring anyone that walked through her door. Aunty Loris lost her battle to cancer in 2014. This news was shocking and devastating to not just family but everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Aunty Loris touched upon and made a difference to the lives of so many people.
I was fortunate to have many conversation with Loris all mostly leading in to the subject of “greater good”. I didn’t really understand these words at the start and are guilty for looking it up in online. There were many versions of the meanings, but I thought this one resonated with me the most.
“The greater good: Is a common expression which refers to the fact that you are doing something that most likely will not benefit you but many people, a community or even the human race according to the context.”
Through watching her work within the community I soon came to realise this “for the greater good” was something that was infectious in a good way. And so the Serendipity events started to roll.
In February 2015, I received a phone call from a young mother wanting to have family portraits taken before she commenced Chemotherapy treatment. My heart just went into overdrive. I had to make this sitting be the most magical portraits I had ever done. Project Cranes for Sharon (2015) was born. Then leading from the impact these little crane had made the beautiful Project One Wish (2016) was created in the Gladstone Hospital then leading to an exhibition in the Gladstone Art Gallery.
Quite a few people close to me were effected by cancer and art was my means of coping and finding them small ways to cope even if it was just about the story telling of art.
During these project I experienced first hand how art and community projects can make a difference. Bringing people together and creating magical spaces has lead me to building great relationship both inside and outside health, local and abroad.
2017 – 2018 It became very apparent to me that using my skills as an artist “For the Great of Good” is the very reason I was put here. 🙂