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Rebecca Newell
Watercolour paint and felt tip pen


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The Artist

Rebecca Newell is an emerging visual artist, based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.  With a background in photography and needlework, she is now branching into working with watercolour and pen.  And also exploring other mediums, such as oil pastels.  All of this creating came out of Rebecca’s struggles with mental illness, and she plans to share her journey with others by becoming an art therapist.  She also hopes to write and illustrate children’s books.  Rebecca was diagnosed with autism at forty years of age, and her autism is definitely the driving force behind her desire to communicate through visual art.

Artist Statement

Inspired by a gif that I see each international women’s day, of women helping each other up, I chose to depict a group of women and non-binary people being leaders for each other. The upward leading line representing things getting better as they help each other. I also wanted to represent different ethnicities and faiths, body types, ages and stages of life, physical abilities, and genders within the group of ten. If we are older, Indigenous, a mum, Muslim, trans, an amputee, English as a second language, plus size, in a wheelchair, or young, we can all be leaders.