Arts Connect Inc. (ACI) is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, who organise annual events such as Sculpture on the Edge, open studios and artist workshops. New members are always welcome – visit artsconnectinc.com.au.
The HT regularly shares a profile from an ACI member, and this month we bring you Liz Pepper.
Emerging artist, Liz Pepper (creator of Colour of October) is based in South-East Queensland. As a disabled young adult, Liz’s personal battles inspire creations centred around the human experience.
While known for drawing pets and painting loved ones for clients, Liz dabbles with various subjects and mediums from the whole spectrum.
Liz defines Colour of October as “an accumulation of expression.” Introspection, humour and artisanship are the forefront of the online space.
Her artist’s statement about her Colour of October outlet is:
“I'm a twenty-something year old, Australian, emerging artist. I have chronic illness which causes lots of pain and fatigue. Colour of October is my outlet for sharing thoughts and creations.
The last 8 years of my life haven't been easy but I'm empowered to make my life and struggle matter. Art has been my saving grace through all the pain and I want to share both my creations and journey.
My ultimate goal in life would be to show others they are not alone. That is what Colour of October is all about.”
By honing her skills and sharing her handiwork, she has accumulated millions of online impressions and is now building herself in the world of prints.
Liz has been involved with charities and campaigns including Anglicare's Arts and Minds, and has donated art to be auctioned to raise funds for disabled kids on the Coast.
Dylan Alcott, 2022 Australian of the Year, Australian Paralympian and Disability Advocate, commissioned a family portrait from Liz in 2021.