Mak­ing a good im­pres­sion

Artist wants to prove he’s worth it

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

JEREMY “Vos” God­den is just like any other artist try­ing to prove him­self.

But for the 20-year-old Mur­willum­bah man, life hasn’t al­ways been easy as he’s learned to over­come the stigma of liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.

Mr God­den was di­ag­nosed with Ja­cob­sen Syn­drome, autism, low IQ, vi­sion im­pair­ment and a speech im­ped­i­ment at a young age.

Now, Mr God­den is de­ter­mined to show the world he’s got what it takes to be an artist by show­cas­ing his paint­ing skills at an art ex­hi­bi­tion.

“He’s prob­a­bly heard his whole life that he can’t do cer­tain things,” Mr God­den’s great-aunt Do­rina God­den said.

“But through his art and ex­pres­sion we’ve over­come those bound­aries placed upon us.

“By do­ing this art ex­hi­bi­tion, it will al­low oth­ers to take him se­ri­ously.”

Ms God­den said her grand-nephew would also be

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By do­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion, it will al­low oth­ers to take him se­ri­ously.

— Do­rina God­den

launch­ing a book they hope would show chil­dren with learn­ing or men­tal dis­abil­i­ties that they could achieve their dreams.

“Jeremy wishes to be able to go into schools to help oth­ers by hear­ing his story and turn­ing their lives around by find­ing them­selves through art or sport,” Ms God­den said.

Mr God­den’s un­cle, Luke Dou­ble, will also be show­cas­ing his art­work at the ex­hi­bi­tion to sup­port his nephew.

“Art is my out­let, just like it is for Jeremy,” Mr Dou­ble said.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

OVER­COM­ING BOUND­ARIES: Jeremy God­den and his un­cle Luke Dou­ble are putting on an arts show show­cas­ing Mr God­den’s tal­ent.

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