Roos to brighten up high­way

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

DAVE Guhl dis­cov­ered his artis­tic tal­ents by ac­ci­dent.

But since the dis­cov­ery the city-based artist, who has Down Syn­drome, has won sev­eral awards and his work has been fea­tured at the Uni­ver­sity of WA.

It was also re­cently se­lected to be part of Kan­gaART, an ini­tia­tive by the Miami Bake­house own­ers to liven up Forrest High­way.

Mr Guhl’s mother Jenny said his tal­ent had given her son op­por­tu­ni­ties he would not oth­er­wise have had.

“Dave came into paint­ing by ac­ci­dent – he was do­ing a group ac­tiv­ity con­ducted by David Mitchell, his cur­rent art men­tor,” Mrs Guhl said.

“It has been such a sur­prise to the fam­ily, I am ex­tremely proud.”

As part of Kan­gaART, Mr Guhl will help paint life­size fi­bre­glass kan­ga­roos, which will fea­ture along­side the soon-to-be-built Miami Bake­house on the cor­ner of Taranto Road and Forrest High­way, in Myalup.

He will paint the kan­ga­roos at the Enex100 and Cen­tral Park from next week be­fore they are moved to their per­ma­nent home.

Mrs Guhl said her son’s per­son­al­ity came out in his work and hoped it would shine through in the Kan­gaART ini­tia­tive.

Miami Bake­house will also make a do­na­tion to Down Syn­drome WA to recog­nise Mr Guhl’s in­volve­ment in the project.

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