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Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

Thanks for inviting me! Smiley Happy

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

It is our pleasure to have you online to chat about such an interesting topic @Ngandabaa Really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on some of these great questions that have come through. To kick off we'll start with question one!

 

Introduce yourself and tell us about one of your first memories about art

 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

Hi @Ngandabaa ! Nice to meet you! I just went and had a bit of a squiz at your work and wow! It is stunning - what gorgeous colours!

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

My name is Rheanna Lotter, I am a proud Yuin Woman. I was born on Gundungurra country which is located within the southern highlands, I spent 18 years of my life there. I have since moved around within New South Wales and also had a short stay in the Gold Coast.

I own my business Ngandabaa (Yun-Da-Baa) which means Red Belly Black Snake – This is my grandfathers totem and nickname Smiley Happy

My first memory of art was alongside my mother and sister, although I grew up very connected to sport; I spent time painting with them. I remember working out on the back-deck painting on small canvases which was always a lot of fun

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

Thank you! Thats really nice of you to say Smiley Happy

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

Hey @Ngandabaa welcome! Thank you for chatting with us!

I just had a little look at your work also and I have to agree with @JazzInMay! I love it, such vibrant colours! 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

It sounds like you have a really close family, that is nice. It's also really cool that you named your business after your grandfathers totem and nickname Smiley Happy As mentioned by others, your art work is beautiful. 

 

What inspired you to start creating? 

 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

Thank you Smiley Happy Painting is such a blessing for me. Really helped me through some tough times!

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I would say that I wasn’t inspired to start creating until I was 18, I was really suffering with my mental health at this time. I was living out of home, didn’t have any friends or know any local Indigenous people. I am also part of the LGBTQI+ community and was still struggling with my identity during this time

I was incredibly lonely, I used painting as a way to connect back to my culture, it also really helped with my anxiety. I would hate going home, because I didn’t want to be alone. So I picked it back up as a way to not have those feelings and to keep my mind focused on productive things (I’m a big over-thinker).

Painting was also a great way to feel connected to my culture. I now create everyday and my mental health is doing well

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Creativity

It's great that creativity has improved your wellbeing @Ngandabaa! I've found that creativity has helped me express how I feel when I've gone through tough times too.
I agree with @Hozzles and @JazzInMay. I think your artwork is beautiful. Smiley Happy