Whether with a paintbrush, needle and thread, piece of charcoal or a song, creative expression has always been part of Christy Wallace’s life.
But despite her diverse artistic output, she is more comfortable creating alone or with friends and family at home than putting her output on public display due to her introverted, wallflower nature.
Christy completed a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in the ‘90s and went on to run an art program in Melbourne for intellectually disabled adults. During this time, she also discovered a love for the therapeutic nature of songwriting and self-expression.
Christy returned to Mount Gambier to raise her 2 children in 2006 and later started working at Moorak Primary school, supporting teachers and students.
On weekends, she is often seen performing music with her husband and son or face painting at child-focused events.
Her songwriting has taken her to France, where she was invited to participate in a cultural exchange in 2013 and then again in 2016.
Participating in the ‘Portrait Project’ has pushed Christy out of her comfort zone and challenged her artistically but has left her feeling empowered and eager to do more.