LAUNCH: Teenage inidigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton with her newly released range of souvenirs, launched at the Childers Art Space on Saturday.
LAUNCH: Teenage inidigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton with her newly released range of souvenirs, launched at the Childers Art Space on Saturday. Christina Ongley

Teen artist goes national

SHARING her stories through the medium of paint and canvas, a Bundaberg girl has found herself a larger audience.

Schoolgirl Chern'ee Sutton has signed a contract to have her artwork on a range of souvenirs to be sold Australia-wide.

The 15-year-old's designs will be sold at major airports and art galleries in a range of products by WW Souvenirs.

Her indigenous art has attracted praise in the recent years, with local exhibitions and displays at a Sydney gallery, Queensland Parliament House and the State Library.

The souvenir company contacted Chern'ee recently to arrange her addition to their Bunabira range of giftwares.

Her paintings will feature on mugs, clocks, plates, coasters and placemats, with a short bio and photograph on the packaging.

Chern'ee said she was inspired by sharing the stories of her indigenous culture as a decendant of the Kalkadoon people of Mount Isa.

"I feel very proud that I'm expressing my heritage and culture," she said.

The self-taught teenager said she hoped to continue the traditional visual storytelling of her people and to continue to gain support for her art.



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