My vision is purely to express my creativity, and if, as a result, my art brings happiness or joy to you - I feel like I've done something worthwhile.
In an age where seniors in our community can become invisible to anyone but their family, some are reclaiming their agency and expressing their talent.
Wanda Mandelik's artistic journey began at 17 but only got a chance to flourish in her late seventies. A political refugee arriving in Australia in the 1980s, Wanda got busy building a good life for her family. It wasn't until she moved into a retirement village, some years after being widowed and overcoming cancer, that she was finally able to express her passion.
Currently enjoying painting landscapes in oil and acrylic fluid paintings, Wanda found her art supported her through the loss of her husband and multiple health challenges. Retirement gave her the time to fulfil her creative drive, and painting brings joy and new meaning to her retirement. She says
"Each day, I wake with a purpose to paint, which means I see the world differently. I step outside, ready to be inspired by whatever surrounds me. From colour to shapes to nature, I use the subtle beauty of the world as my muse. My vision is purely to express my creativity, and if, as a result, my art brings happiness or joy to you - I feel like I've done something worthwhile."
A pro-bono project by Art of Multimedia, this small Craft-CMS website, purposefully without e-commerce, encourages conversations between the artist and the collector. It serves as a digital gallery and enables the artist to support her artistic journey.
Visit the website and be inspired, browse Wanda's paintings and perhaps even acquire an original or limited-run fine art print.