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April 14, 2017
I still remember the first painting I did in Year 11. It was a black and white acrylic copy of a photograph of a young woman wearing a hat. I was delighted by how capable I was despite having not done any art since I was in Year 8. My next effort was a copy of a painting by Rene Magritte, The Collective Invention, which marked the beginning of my fascination with Surrealism and twentieth century painting in general. My next painting was a huge canvas of a hand emerging from grass and pointing skywards.

I was on my way.