Royal touch for indigenous artist
LOCAL indigenous artist Chern'ee Sutton recently met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Brisbane civic reception.
Chern'ee discussed her painting Ajarku Muruu after the young Queensland artist and Youth Parliament representative's artwork was accepted as an official gift to the royal couple.
"Premier Campbell Newman introduced me to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge very kindly by saying that I was a very talented young artist," Miss Sutton said.
"After shaking the Duchess's hand, Princess Kate told me that she would be very interested in seeing some of my artwork.
"I replied that, 'I have given you one of my reconciliation paintings as a gift from not only myself but from all Australians' … and the Duchess replied that it was very kind … and that she would be keeping an eye out for my painting on their return home."
Miss Sutton said she was thrilled the painting would be taken home by the couple.
"I was very honoured and humbled that Ajarku Muruu - which means in the Kalkadoon language All One Country - was being taken back to England by the royal couple," she said.
"This painting tells the story of a united Australia, with all Australians moving forward towards reconciliation and equality.
"My meeting with their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their acceptance of one of my reconciliation paintings was certainly one of the biggest highlights of my career so far."
Miss Sutton said she was grateful for Premier Campbell Newman personally introducing her to the royal couple.
"I was also honoured to have been a part of the 200 Queenslanders to be invited to the State Reception for the royal couple," she said.
"And I was very grateful that Queensland's Premier Campbell Newman gave a personal introduction to Prince William and his wife Princess Kate."