It was once said by Pablo Picasso that ‘painting is just another way of keeping a diary’. And this rings true for first year student Maddison Wells, who finds herself most at home with a paintbrush in hand and watercolours before her. ‘Painting relaxes me,’ she explains, ‘it relaxes me and lets the time melt away with my problems’.
Taught from a very young age by her mother, Maddison has always had an appreciation and passion for art. Painting is where her true talent lies, though her drawings skills must not go unnoticed either, though she lacks faith in her own skills, and it is the thing that she could ‘would love to pursue as far as I can’. Her works have already been exhibited in museums, galleries, and shows, most commonly in her home town of Orange. And in 2010 she participated in a mural project that is now on display and seen by hundreds of people each and every day. All of this she accomplished before even graduating high school, giving herself the foundations and head start she needed for further pursuing studies and work in the artistic field.
‘I’m doing both Visual Arts and Graphic Design,’ she says of her current Bachelor of Creative Arts degree, ‘And the Visual Arts side allows me to paint’.
With this degree, she hopes to take her creative flair and acquired skills and focus on the Graphic Design side of her degree, in terms of a future career. ‘I think that I will steer more to the design side as it has more stable career options,’ she explains, aware that although painting plays an enormous role in her life and is what she’d love to do, that it isn’t the most stable career to delve into immediately, ‘at the moment I’m thinking I’d like to work in a magazine and create layouts and designs’.
And it’s the creativity that comes with her childhood of painting that will allow her to put her skills and ideas to use in this field, while still continuing to improve in the area she favours most. Maddison says she was inspired not only by her mother but by shows like Art Attack, which she watched daily as a child. From trying to recreate the works that she saw featured on the show to working on original pieces, ‘I preferred to sit inside and draw, or paint, and so I just used to do so for hours’.
Nowadays, she jokingly says, things aren’t much different. Only now, with Art Attack a show long finished airing, she prefers to ‘watch Glee re-runs’ and YouTube to occupy her in her artistic endeavors. Though time must also be made for studying, scrolling Tumblr, assessments, friends, and her other passion … sleeping. University, simply put, is an experience Maddie is enjoying, despite being so far from home.