Roos to brighten up highway
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.