Yalanji artist leads creative path to Gorge
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.