A YEAR ago, Chern'ee Sutton discovered she could paint.
Now she has decided to use her impressive skills to help victims of the recent floods, by auctioning off a painting that shares a special relevance to the disaster.
Her painting, Gindjurra, depicts Gindjurra the frog, which is the messenger that announces the start of new life after the cleansing of the rain.
“I started this painting when it began to rain,” she said.
“Then when the floods came, it gave me the motivation to finish it for the flood victims.”
Chern'ee said Gindjurra's songs were many and varied and, because he spent his early life in water, he was linked to the element of water and cleansing.
“When the floods have passed, new life and new hope will come to the people who have been affected,” she said.
Her mother, Judy, said Chern'ee had always loved helping people and she chose to do so through her art.
“She paints every day,” she said.
“When her friends are outside mucking around, she stays home and paints.”
Mrs Sutton said Chern'ee's inspiration for her art was through things that were most relevant to her.
“She paints from the heart,”she said.
The 900mm x 1550mm painting will be auctioned through the NewsMail from Monday, and will have a starting bid of $1000.
We will carry regular updates of the bids until they close at noon on Monday, February 7.
To place a bid, call the NewsMail on 41538555.