This is Coster, who is Antipas’ brother. He is 23. He and Antipas are from a family of six children (plus an additional two who died). They are themselves orphan, whose parents died of illness and disease when Coster was seven.
Jacinta and Antipas supported Coster to go to high school – the only child in their family that has been educated beyond the equivalent of year eight.
late last year, some volunteers brought some paint to the house and were painting with the children. Coster had a bit of a go and discovered he loves it… so yes, he has been painting for less than nine months…
these are some of my favourites.
I had a big talk with him to get him a bit fired up about getting out of his own skin and not being afraid to approach people and sell himself and his paintings. I’ve realised that since I set up my own business from absolutely no marketing or technical knowledge, that I have something that I can teach to people like him. While it is difficult to show him how to run his own online store since he doesn’t have his own computer or internet access, all he needs is a few sales to boost his confidence and get him started and I think he will be on his way :)
last week, I was travelling to the Masai Mara and images of far less quality than his were selling for 15,800 (AU$180) for about an 8×8 inch size. One 60×60 inch was selling for 300,000 (AU$3,700). I brought some of his paintings back with me to include in my exhibition.
if you are interested in attending the exhibition, you can now purchase tickets here to the Goulburn (3rd Oct) and Sydney (10th Oct) fundraising exhibition evenings. Tickets are limited due to venue sizes.
I have just sent out my monthly newsletter this week with lots of exciting things planned for my return, and more updates from my trip like this, will be posted here :)
have a great day,