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Mackay artist with Asperger’s syndrome receives award for achievements

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Mackay artist Nekea Blagoev stands inside a Mackay restaurant surrounded by her colourful paintings of trees

Photo: Standing inside a restaurant in the heart of Mackay, Nekea Blagoev, 32, is surrounded by an array of colourful paintings. All are her own and many have been a part of overseas exhibitions. (ABC Tropical North: Sophie Kesteven)

 

When the scattered afternoon sunlight seeped its way into a restaurant in the heart of Mackay, Nekea Blagoev’s creativity, widely splashed across the walls, came to light.

 

According to Nekea, the first milestone in her life did not involve walking or talking.

 

Instead, her earliest memories involve painting and drawing.

 

“Mum was always constantly painting the walls because I was always drawing on them,” Nekea said.

 

“It was more of a hobby when I was a kid, and it just developed into something bigger than I could have ever dreamed of,” she said.

 

It was not until five years ago that Nekea decided to take her creative side seriously.

 

She has since gone on to showcase her artwork around the world, and one of her artwork designs was recently used on a stamp in the United States for Autism Awareness Month.

 

Most recently her accomplishments have led to the Mackay artist being named the 2015 Individual Achievement winner at the Autism Queensland Creative Futures Recognition Awards.

 

“[I was given the award] for my achievements and being an inspiration and role model to my fellow community members, and my artwork on top of that as well just goes hand and hand with each other,” she said.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-18/mackay-artist-aspergers-wins-award/7041304



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