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Artistic talent shines for Matthew

Nov 25 2019

The love of the outdoors prompted Matthew Short to begin painting brightly-coloured landscapes and seascapes 10 years ago.

From iridescent reef fish and turtles to enticing bush settings, the 43-year-old from Edens Landing is now an award-winning artist, having won the Art from the Margins (AFTM) Emerging Artist Award in 2014.

Matthew has numerous artworks on display locally, at the AFTM gallery in Fortitude Valley, and recently displayed his work at the 2019 National Biennial Outsider Art Awards Exhibition.

Matthew said his love of colours prompted him to start drawing with colour pencils while growing up in the Northern Territory.

“I paint mainly bush scenes and sea scenes and I hope my love for the environment shows in my paintings. I love to paint as it’s a very relaxing pastime. It’s always exciting starting a new painting and seeing where it will end up,” Matthew said.

The naturally-gifted and talented artist may feel at home behind a canvas, but supports are needed for Matthew to live independently.

Matthew, who has an intellectual disability, first accessed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in November 2018, and is feeling supported and in control of his life.

Matthew accesses a support worker twice a week to supervise and assist him in managing household chores and regularly takes part in social activities and holidays.

Allan, Matthew’s dad, said accessing these supports has made a big difference to Matthew and his family.

“It helps Matthew maintain his independence to live on his own and to get to places if we are not available. This ensures that he will be able to manage in the future,” Allan said.

Matthew also has funding for therapies to help build his skills to budget his finances responsibly, and has longer-term goals to enhance his employment opportunities and create more flexibility in both the hours, and type of work he undertakes.

Matthew received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Logan area.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Logan region at Level 1, 6 Ewing Road, Logan Central or call 3441 3600.

You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au