Year 9 Wellington Point State High School student brightens up Gumdale street with wildlife-inspired traffic signal box painting

A WELLINGTON Point State High School student with a growing reputation in the art industry has put her work on public display after being chosen to paint a mural on a traffic signal box at Gumdale.

TALENTED ARTIST: Charlise Davies was chosen to paint a traffic signal box near the intersection of Tilly and Green Camp roads at Gumdale.

TALENTED ARTIST: Charlise Davies was chosen to paint a traffic signal box near the intersection of Tilly and Green Camp roads at Gumdale.

Charlise Davies - a year 9 arts excellence student - painted the box over the course of three days with help from her mother Stephanie, who is also an artist.

Ms Davies said she was always looking at ways to share her art with the public and challenge herself.

"I thought this was a great opportunity to showcase my art on a big surface that is exposed to the local community," she said.

Ms Davies applied to paint the box through Brisbane City Council's Artforce community art project, and was able to choose from a selection of locations.

The traffic signal box she chose sits next to a bushland reserve, which was the inspiration behind her creation.

"I wanted to showcase our amazing Australian wildlife and bring attention to the animals that share the same world as humans do," she said.

"I have named the box '3 Cockatoos', who among many other birds and wildlife live in the bushland nearby."

Ms Davies has been sketching since she was four years old but her love of painting has grown since being named runner-up at an Australian wildlife art competition earlier this year.

She said the school art program had helped boost her artistic abilities.

"I love attending this special class each week and I can definitely see my skills are improving," she said.

Ms Davies' mural, which sits near the intersection of Tilly and Green Camp roads, has been automatically entered into the annual Artforce Awards.

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