Townsville woman has winning down to a fine art

28 September 2016

Townsville woman Verena Smith is this week celebrating a clean sweep at the Kith n Kin Annual Disability Art Awards, for her portrait ‘Princess Krystal’.

Surprised and delighted to be awarded first place in the ‘Faces’ category, she was then judged Overall Winner of the 2016 awards.

“You never know what you can do, until you try. It’s incredible and fantastic – it’s because I try very hard,” Verena said.

To anyone who thinks they don’t have the abilities to pursue their dream hobby, she said, “just get started folks, that’s what it takes”.

Supported by local disability services provider, Endeavour Foundation, Verena has been interested in art for many years.

Support worker Judith Brady said that her win was ‘well deserved’.

“The subjects of Verena’s paintings are whatever she is interested in at the time – inspired perhaps by a song, an event or a family member.

“Verena then likes to go to the library to read books on the current subject, before making a trip to the art supplier for a quality canvas. She works diligently on these pieces for weeks at a time.”

2016 has already been a very successful year for Verena. Her painting – titled ‘Winter’ – was awarded second prize after being entered into the Townsville Show Art Awards by the proud team at Endeavour Foundation.

To find out more about Endeavour Foundation’s services in Townsville, visit www.endeavour.com.au or call 1800 112 112.

Contact us to find out how we can support you

Share:    



Other blogs and information you maybe interested in

Endeavour Foundation’s $35m to build brighter futures

Queenslanders with disability will gain access to more independent living options, thanks to Endeavour Foundation’s $35million investment in accessible housing.

Results of the 2020 Elected Director Elections

One nomination was received for the single position open for election this year, so the nominee was elected unopposed. The re-elected Director will serve for a term of 3 years commencing from the close of the Annual General Meeting being held on Monday 23 November.

Willow and Ann Marie

For the second time in two months, hearts are breaking around Australia at the news that a person with disability has died, allegedly after a prolonged period of neglect and abuse in their own home.

Talking about taboos is the first step to change

None of us like to hear difficult things.

But for people with intellectual disability, one of the greatest barriers to inclusion comes from the negative attitudes and stigmatising beliefs that persist in society.

50 years of improving lives in Nambour

People with intellectual disability and their families today celebrated half-a-century of growth and development opportunities at Endeavour Foundation’ Nambour Learning and Lifestyle (L&L) Hub.

Statement on Senate Select Committee on Autism

We rarely hear good news for people with autism. Living with an invisible disability, they are often misunderstood, criticised and penalised for neurological differences they cannot control.