Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"You don't have to be positive or feel happy all the time - you are human, not a robot. It is often hard to take time to stop, breathe and be in the moment. With our busy lives, we often put on a smile and keep going - pushing our mental health to the side to deal with another day. Stop, take a deep breath, exhale and reflect.
Your mental health is everything; you are everything. You are human."
Growing up in a time when mental illness wasn’t discussed, Ravyn Rayne struggled to reconcile the depression, anxiety and panic attacks that had plagued her for as long as she could remember. The endless struggle to be the person she thought the world wanted, and the person she was trying to be, would at times be so overwhelming that Ravyn would just hide away for days at a time. She found herself turning to substances to manage the pain.
Through her love of art, Ravyn began to build confidence and was able to face the world knowing she wasn't alone in her struggles. She also worked hard to overcome her addiction and is now proudly eight years clean.
Connecting with other like-minded individuals through art has helped Ravyn heal the past and create a strong base with which to take on the future.
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