Art by Samantha Badrock
GIVING EVERYONE THE COURAGE TO BE CREATIVE
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am Samantha and I am an artist based in Bright Victoria.
Art is a natural concept for me, it runs in our family; My grandmother was a professional artist for over 6 decades, my grandfather was an award winning photographer and my father is a signwriter. We are all creative in our family - I guess you could say art is just a way of life for us!
Personally, painting gives me a sense of peace. It helps me slow down in this crazy world. I find art very therapeutic and I have been lucky enough to turn this beautiful hobby into a career.
One day when hosting the regular kids group art lessons, I noticed there were no kids with disabilities, and this made me a little sad to be honest.
Due to my nursing background in disabilities and aged care, I know how important mental health is and just how isolated people with disabilities can feel. Art should always be inclusive and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. So, I decided to open up my services to provide Supported Art Classes to kids and adults with disabilities.
Art can make us feel heard, it can help us process complex emotions in a simple and nurturing way. Not only can feel empowered through art just from gaining a sense of accomplishment when we create our very onw masterpiece but there is an important social engagement aspect to participating in art.