Studying visual arts at TAFE Queensland has been a transformative experience for Kaitlin Lovelock.

Kaitlin finished her Diploma of Visual Arts (CUA51115) on a high by showcasing her work in a public exhibition at the Cairns campus.

“A year or two ago I never would have thought that my art would be on a gallery wall, it’s pretty cool. It has been such an uplifting experience, TAFE has really brought me out of my shell,” Kaitlin said.

Kaitlin, 27, said making a commitment to focus on her creative endeavours was the best decision she could have made.

“I have worked in mining, retail and business, but I was not mentally stimulated at work and I was always too busy to paint and draw; I had turned my back on art."

“Last year I decided that I wanted to do something for myself and focus all of my energy into developing and expanding my art skills."

“I did not enjoy high school, but the learning experience at TAFE Queensland has been so different. I wish I had done TAFE sooner," Kaitlin continued.

“The teachers are really nice and have become like family members; they are amazing cheerleaders who are have been so encouraging and supportive throughout my training."

“I’m a painter and drawer, so coming into the course I was really interested to learn other skills like printmaking, and I even surprised myself with how much I enjoyed sculpture.”

Aside from the current exhibition, Kaitlin is also selling her work online.

“I’m really happy with the doors that are opening for me following my decision to study at TAFE Queensland.”

“If anyone else is considering enrolling, I’d say go for it! If you don’t do it, you’ll be left wondering," Kaitlin continued.

“The opportunity to learn new things and to be in a great art space with great teachers has given me so much satisfaction."

If you want to see more of Kaitlin's art follow her on Instagram at @kxxiiil.


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