Patricia McKean, 17 yo upcoming Aboriginal artist
2015 Indigenous Mural, (in collaboration with Madeline Peters) for Warrnambool City Council
2016 Selected Aboriginal artist to create and design guernsey for Richmond Football Club
Born 1998 on Christmas Eve and into a strong Aboriginal heritage Tricia was bound to be a special girl, even winning a trophy twice as big as her for being ‘Star of the Show’ in a baby show at the tender age of 4 months old.
Her Grandfather was Banjo Clarke (dec) was an Aboriginal Elder of the Kirrae Whurrong of South West Victoria. He was admired and respected across Australia by people of all walks of life, from Prime Ministers to celebrities to the people in the street.
Growing up in Wangoom, (just outside Warrnambool) in her very early years Tricia would be drawing on her little easel beside her Aboriginal Artist mother Fiona Clarke and her father Ken McKean a non-Aboriginal artist, her creative skills, while still childlike, already becoming apparent in her colourful drawings.
With a strong spirit and already developing strong pride in her Aboriginal culture, and having seen other young Aboriginal children dance, at the age of four Tricia decided she wanted to be an Aboriginal dancer. After three years dancing at a variety of events, with a group of her young peers, she went to Melbourne to dance at their first major event, Michael Long’s ‘Dreamtime’ AFL match between Richmond and Essendon at the MCG. In front of 10,000 people with the Karween Aboriginal Dance Troupe Tricia danced with spirit and pride.
In 2008 while dancing with the Karween Aboriginal Dance Troupe for Tarerer Festival, a Tourism Victoria representative saw Tricia dancing and so Tricia became the face for South West Tourism Victoria.
A keen young hobby artist Tricia drew and painted strongly wherever she was, at school, at home, while still going well with her other studies, but as some young teenagers do computer games started taking a large part of her free time. Noticing this her mother Fiona suggested instead of playing games, she get serious about her art. Tricia thought about it and from there began her serious passion for art. Always tackling her passions head on Tricia has worked consistently, studying, practicing, and learning techniques to the point where she has almost now mastered the art of drawing, painting and digital art.
That point is where she is now, the designer of the 2016 ‘Dreamtime’ AFL football jumper.
Leading up to this proud event, three years ago Tricia was invited to attend Richmond’s KGI leadership camps. Through their great programs, she built strong confidence and leadership skills she can carry through life and enjoyed immensely meeting all the other young leaders from across Victoria (and in some cases from across Australia) at each camp she attended.
A keen film maker Tricia was also involved in the documentary, ‘Yarnin’ a film aimed at the telling of Aboriginal Stories by Aboriginal Elders and respected Aboriginal people. Tricia is always keen to support important causes and is one of the faces for the Australia wide ‘Headspace’ program for Aboriginal kids to speak out when they need help.
An extremely creative girl Tricia is destined for great achievements for herself and her people.
Completing Year 12 Warrnambool College
2015 Indigenous Mural Warrnambool
2016 Richmond Football Club
Warrnambool Standard 2015 https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Trish+MckEan&rlz=1C1CHWA_enAU608AU608&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=979&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjot_kuYTNAhVHJKYKHTl2BbUQsAQIIA#imgrc=pfGIsIXskz06kM%3A
Warrnambool Standard https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Trish+MckEan&rlz=1C1CHWA_enAU608AU608&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=979&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjot_kuYTNAhVHJKYKHTl2BbUQsAQIIA#imgrc=pfGIsIXskz06kM%3A
KGI 2016 http://www.kgi.org.au/news/designing-the-dreamtime-guernsey/
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