4 March, 2024

Toogoolawah artist brings colour to disability service

When Carinity was seeking artwork for its newest disability support service in Kalbar, it didn’t need to look too far.

An original painting by Corrie Young, from Carinity Our House in Toogoolawah, now adorns the walls at Carinity Sunflower House.

A self-taught artist who is vision impaired, Corrie supplied a botanical artwork, and reflected on how far his painting evolved since his first art activity at Carinity Our House five years ago.

“I’ve still got the original picture from back when I didn’t know what I was doing.

You would probably think it was done by another person,” he said.

With a philosophy of ‘background first, foreground later’, Corrie loves painting trees, bushes and landscapes – some real, others imagined.

Pivotal to his artistic development was watching videos of famous television art tutor, Bob Ross.

Corrie said adapting Ross’s painting techniques helped his artwork to “go from looking pretty average to looking ‘wow’.”

“As Bob Ross said, once you can do it, the fear of making a mistake goes away,” Corrie said.

Corrie has done well over 50 paintings, some of which he sold at local church fetes.

One of his works won best in show at last year’s Toogoolawah Show.


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