Gwenda Branjerdporn Artist

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I became very ill quite exepectantly while I was working as a Mum of two girls.  I suffered chronic fatigue syndrome.  I was bedridden for two years very ill unable to take more than a few steps.  After a few years my husband encouraged me to get out once a week and try a TAFE Enrichment course a few hours a week.  I did this and enjoyed it very much.  I did this for two years.  Then I went to TAFE for a year to persue art full time.  This allowed me to be admitted unto Griffith University where I studied Art, and finished with a Bachelor of Fine Art.

I really did not know much about art, drawing, painting, different mediums, tools, etc at all.  I just learnt as I went along.

I was in a class at TAFE with much younger teenagers, and in Uni with just out of school teenagers also.  They were very good and been doing art for many years.  I just did what I could, when I could.  I would work everywhere, outside, on the dining room table, and do small tasks when I could.

I grew to love art, the challenge of it, and learning new things.  I researched different Artists, and got to love different ones.  I especially loved the art of Margaret Olley, an Australian artist, recently passed away.  Her work was beautiful, I loved colours.

During our critique at Uni, one of the Directors of the Art Gallery of Queensland told me that my colour combinations, and use of colour was very good.  It came naturally to me, which I loved.

So in spite of a difficult illness coming my way, a beautiful skill has come to me also.  Life may show up with difficulties for you also, and you can turn your life around like I did, and take up an artistic skill.



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