Teen artist's renown spreads
LESS than a year after her work gained public attention, teenage artist Chern'ee Sutton is winning plaudits across the state, from leading art galleries to politicians.
The 14-year-old first fell under the spotlight just after the Christmas floods, when she donated a painting for auction through the NewsMail as a fundraiser for flood relief.
Next month, she will exhibit 17 of her finest pieces in a three-day exhibition in the foyer of Parliament House in Brisbane.
Chern'ee said the exhibition came about after she got talking to Burnett MP Rob Messenger at a fundraiser, and he submitted a letter from her to Speaker John Mickel. Shortly after, Chern'ee received a letter from Mr Mickel, inviting her to hold the exhibition.
"Some are part of my collection and others I painted especially," she said.
The talented Kepnock High School student said she wanted to give one of her trademark colourful paintings to parliament on "behalf of all Australians".
"The painting is called Ajarku Muruu, which means in the Kalkadoon language, All One Country," she said.
"The different coloured hands represent the many different cultures and people living in the land we call home.
"The raised brown and yellow ochre centrepiece represents our sparse, rugged land."
Incredibly, it took the gifted teen just a week to create it.
Mum Judi said Chern'ee had received no handouts along the path to success, and had worked extremely hard.
"She's been painting madly for the past eight months - she had one day off on the school holidays," Mrs Sutton said.