Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

See Spirit in Artist's Exhibition

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

See Spirit in Artist's Exhibition

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USING art to tell her story since she was six years old has given Minyungbal woman and Clarence Valley artist Ramona Cavanagh the opportunity to live a life of her choosing while at the same time raising her six children.

The artist will have her work exhibited at the Yamba Museum from tonight, and she said that reconnecting to the spirit was essential to her work.

"I have been to university twice because there was an expectation when you applied for a job you had a piece of paper that said you had an artistic background," she said.

"My work wasn't enough, even though I was interested in what they were teaching it took away from the connection of the spirit so the artwork became more structured from the mind rather than the heart.

"I found that I was losing connection to my own artistic ability so I stopped because all I really needed was better technique to express what I have to say."

A professional artist since 2000, Ms Cavanagh has always aspired to use her artistic gift to create a living. …

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