There is a person I know who is from Zimbabwe. He is one of the most positive, generous and intuitive young men I have had the pleasure of knowing. Stories of his life growing up in a country which has seen apartheid, oppression and corruption can leave the hairs standing up on the back of your neck but this guy has an almost cie la vie attitude when talking of it, his philosophy in his words “Whatever you cause another to experience, you will one day experience. What you fail to do for another, you fail to do for you. What is good for another is good for you, and what is bad for another is bad for you.“
While at the Gold Coast Art School I listen, watch and appreciate his contribution to our world reminding of those things that are important, – Friends, Family, Empathy and Understanding. We often hear him say, “If you want it, go for it, work for it, do it.” It would have been easy for him to sit back and say, “Poor me, what if?” Many would accept that sentiment as acceptable, but our young man is a leader and leaders don’t lay down and give in.
I watch him work, watch how he creates a painting of bright happy colours full of humour and social statements about the world in which we live from dark seemingly chaotic beginnings and wonder at the symbolism.