I have Down Syndrome and my support workers used to cook for me, but they would cook what they wanted to cook. Now I can choose what I want to eat.
I am an accomplished, award-winning visual artist best known for my vibrant Western Australian landscapes. I am also busy creating pathways for other artists with disabilities to take the leap into mainstream exhibition of their work. Lite n' Easy helps keep my strength up to cope with my busy life as it is healthy and convenient.
Previously I had to eat whatever my support workers wanted to cook, but now with Lite n' Easy meals covered under my NDIS plan, I can choose for myself. I like to look at all the various meals in the freezer and select whatever I feel like eating each night.
Under the NDIS, Lite n' Easy has saved me a lot of money on my grocery bills.
I began exhibiting my artwork in 2001, and have submitted and exhibited many works and won numerous art awards.
I held my first solo art exhibition Truly, Madly, Delightful, at the Perth Town Hall In 2008. Opened by then Deputy Premier Hon Eric Ripper and the City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, all 26 of my artworks were sold on the opening night.
I have also presented my vibrant, colourful work at the DownRightArt Exhibition held in New York. The DownRightArt exhibition was the fifth annual Alexander Angels exhibition to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and was held in conjunction with UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and launched on World Down Syndrome Day.
In 2020, my artwork ‘Wildflower Study’ acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 cm was selected as the featured artwork on all marketing material and entry material for the “As We Are Art Award 2020” is a state-wide art award and exhibition open to all Western Australian artists who have an intellectual disability (aged 18+).
I am so proud to let you know that over 56 of my paintings have been sold to private collections and public institutions and I continue to sell my work to an enthusiastic market.