My interest in art began when I was about seven years old. I started doing art and craft lessons and, a year later, I began drawing. I would draw mainly sea creatures but I was also very attracted to Egyptian art. I was 11 years old when I held my first solo exhibition and sold all my work. Art is very empowering and inspiring for me. I can discover new things and learn about myself.

My art shows who I am and what I am capable of. I can also be in my own world and create a story that people will look at and interpret in different ways. I am happy when I sell an artwork. I like that the person appreciates my work and the time I have put in to create it. It can also be hard to let go of my artwork; I feel sad to part with it. I suppose I can always do another artwork, but it’s not going to be the same. Each tells its own story. My inspiration comes mainly from The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and all of my drawings have an Egyptian look about them because they look flat. I’m Christian, so I often draw upon the Bible when creating my art.

I was a finalist in the 2018 Mandorla Art Awards, an Australian Christian art prize, and won the Mandorla Youth Art Award twice. I also went to London when I was 13 for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition when my submission was selected for exhibition. I was the youngest person ever to exhibit there and this started me thinking that I could be a serious artist in the future. Art has helped me meet many people. I find communication and socialising in the art world much easier than in the workplace. There’s a social side to art and its great linking up and talking with other artists.

Julian Poon
Therapy Focus client

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