Cannington woman puts artistic career on track

Artist Kelly Sumich uses her time commuting to improve her artistic skills.
Artist Kelly Sumich uses her time commuting to improve her artistic skills.

CANNINGTON resident Kelly Sumich is turning her near three-hour daily commute into a chance to create art.

Ms Sumich, who is employed by University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, spends her time travelling sketching and improving her drawing skills, with her sights set |on working full-time as an artist.

When she first started sketching on the train about a year ago, she said it was difficult to get used to people looking at her sketches.

“To start off with, I only wanted to show people a finished product. However, over time I’ve realised most people have tried to draw and recognise it’s not that easy so they’re really encouraging,” she said.

After a year of commuting, Ms Sumich has developed a range of ‘surf style’ illustrations that she shares on Instagram. She plans to enter one of her illustrations for the first time into the City of Canning art awards this month.

“My love of art has developed as I have become older,” she said.

“I can’t say I was a natural from a very young age.”

Ms Sumich is a qualified sports scientist and author of the book Coaching Children: Sports Science Essentials.

“My previous job was travelling around Australia teaching personal trainers, coaches and the public about sports science,” she said.

“Unfortunately that role was no longer available and that, combined with an ageing body which no longer allowed me to compete as an athlete, led me to take up pen and paper.”

Her sketches can be viewed at|novKel_official.

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