Student paintings impress

Synarah MurphyNorth West Telegraph

Year 8 Newman student Alyssa Lockyer has painted her way to success, becoming a professional artist around town.

Alyssa has sold three of her creative paintings to buyers impressed with her style.

Two of the buyers are local people, and Alyssa is about to sell her fourth painting to a kindergarten in Newman.

“I was inspired to paint by my cousin, who encouraged me to have a go and gave me the confidence to believe in myself,” she said.

Artistic flair runs in the family, as her mother and nanna are both talented painters and Alyssa hopes the family touch pushes her to become a professional artist.

“I am such a proud mother. Alyssa is very clever and motivated — she gives it her all, not only her painting, but her school work and sports” Phyllis Lockyer said.

Alyssa is part of the Follow The Dream program at school.

The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, which founded the program, has been in the Pilbara for more than 20 years, empowering Aboriginal students throughout the country to complete high school and move into successful pathways. “Alyssa is a confident and valued member of the Follow the Dream program, with regular attendance in the after-school education. I believe she will go on to achieve great success in life,” Debbie Douglass, program co-ordinator at Newman Senior High School, said.

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