Shanyce Blackman's artwork for the Brisbane graduation.
Shanyce Blackman's artwork for the Brisbane graduation. Shanyce Blackman

Cherbourg student uses art to honour culture and late mum

ST MARY'S Year 12 student Shanyce Blackman has had her artwork feature on the cover of the brochure for the Brisbane Catholic Education's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation, and she has big plans to pursue a career in art next year. 

Her prize winning artwork took her about a week to create.

"When I go to the graduation and saw my artwork there and on the brochures I just couldn't stop smiling," she said. 

"I was just so happy to be there with all of these new people."

Shanyce is from Cherbourg and said she was a proud Butchulla woman, something that shone through her art.   

"In this drawing I am the tree," she said.

"My time at school has seen me grow into a strong tree. The roots are grounded in the land which is where I get all of my strength from.

"The words I chose are the things that mean a lot to me.

"The dragonfly is to honour my late mother.   

"The sun I used to show the importance of my culture and how it influences my love of art.  

"It truly warms my heart to draw.  

"I portrayed the sky as knowledge, it is all around me. I hope I never stop learning."  

On Friday October 11 Shanyce travelled to Brisbane for her graduation.  

"It was such a great day," she said.  

"They had my artwork on display and on the brochure.  

"They even gave me a huge canvas that had my artwork printed on it. It was unbelievable.  

"Everyone also loved my artwork and people just kept coming up to me to tell me about it. I felt very special."

Shanyce said art was her favourite subject at school, and that she was also quite proud of her latest creation.  

"I've painted onto a skateboard," she said.  

"When everyone was asking me about my art at the graduation I just had to tell them all about this skateboard.  

"I'm really proud of it and my other artwork too.  

"Art is my passion and what I want to do. Always I'll be in my room doing art and mum will be like 'Shanyce come and do your chores or homework' and I'll be like 'mum I'm busy making art'.  

"I could spent hours making art."  

Shanyce has big plans to go to Brisbane next year to study art and possibly photography, once she completes Year 12 at St Mary's.   

South Burnett


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