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"It's almost like breathing, art is a part of me."
Lisa Kennedy - she's a natural artist and when you glance at her artwork, you're bound to be mesmerized.
The Mudgee local, who is also a veterinarian, captures the beauty of birds, animals and wildlife in her artwork, and has begun developing her pieces in alternative ways so they can be enjoyed by the masses.
"I've always been an artist. It has been a daily part of my life since I was a child," Lisa said.
"I did art at school and I did think about studying it but I ended up doing something else. I sometimes wonder if I did whether things would be different, but I'm still doing it now anyway.
"I've started reproducing my art into different products like cards, print, tea towels, calendars and puzzles.
"It's not like you draw an artwork, it sells and then it's gone. You can sell it many times and share it with many different people."
Lisa has become somewhat of a regular at the Mudgee markets, and admits when someone expresses how much one of her artworks means to them, she gets "the warm and fuzzies".
"When I draw something, I don't know what it's going to mean to anyone else. Often when people buy something, they'll tell you why and you get some beautiful stories," she said.
"My art helps to connect people and it evokes memories, feelings and meanings for so many people on so many levels.
"Compliments are tricky because everyone gets a bit awkward about them, especially when it's something that comes so naturally, but I feel really good when I see my art means so much to someone else."
Depending on size and detail, any of Lisa's pieces can take weeks to complete, but with a love of art, she enjoys every minute of it.
"It's not just the drawing, it's thinking about it and figuring out the components. If this bird is here, what is this other bird going to be doing and what's in the background? Where's the light coming from?," Lisa explained.
"The more expressive and free, the quicker it is to finish. Some can take weeks and some might take a day or two, it just depends.
"I enjoy being able to express myself and create something beautiful for people."
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