Yalanji artist leads cre­ative path to Gorge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TAL­ENTED Kuku Yalanji artist Cameron Buchanan has been given the hon­our of his art­work be­ing dis­played on the fleet of eco-friendly shut­tle buses that trans­fer peo­ple to Moss­man Gorge.

Mr Buchanan only picked up a paint­brush in 2010 af­ter be­ing urged on by his older brother.

“I never tried to cre­ate art be­fore and told my brother that I didn’t think I could do it,” he said.

“He told me the abil­ity to cre­ate art is in us all and we just needed to find the time to do it.

“I found some time and re­alised that I ac­tu­ally could do it.”

Af­ter start­ing off etch­ing and cre­at­ing prints, Mr Buchanan quickly found his niche and es­tab­lished him­self as a recog­nised artist.

“I study the en­vi­ron­ment as I also work as a tour guide and I base my art on the rain­for­est and the an­i­mals that live there,” he said.

“You re­ally don’t see very much an­i­mal art around so I’m happy to be do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

“The cen­tre man­age­ment re­ally liked my art­works and de­cided they wanted to put it on the sides of these new buses, I’m thrilled.”

As well as the buses, Mr Buchanan’s works can be found in the gallery and in the gift shop on post­cards and gift cards and he is con­sid­er­ing putting out colour­ing books for kids with his art in them.

The shut­tle buses leave the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre ev­ery 15 min­utes be­tween 8am-6pm.

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