YOUR STORY: Indigenous artist James Cummins tells his story
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Here's Scarness man James Cummins' story.
James is an indigenous artist with work displayed at Gatakers Artspace until November 1 as part of the 2015 Art Affair.
"I started painting when I was 12 years of age.
"When my mum and dad had split up, I moved to Broken Hill with my dad.
"It wasn't until I was 12 years old where I found out I was of indigenous decent - the Barkanji clan from the Murray Darling Basin.
"I started painting didgeridoos for the Elders in a place called Thankali.
"From then on, I started painting al great deal of art work.
"Some of my achievements consist of selling my art work at the 2000 Olympics.
"I have worked for numerous cultural souvenir companies including Dreamline arts and the basement.
"I have also taught tourist and locals alike the unique style of indigenous art.
"All my paintings are one of a kind and every piece is different in its own unique way.
"I paint all my artwork from my mind and my beliefs.
"I lived in the national park in Menindee where I camped for three years where I was running a program for young indigenous to learn their culture.
"I come from a big family in New South Wales with eight sisters and one brother where we lived in the Blue Mountains.
"My hopes for the future are to open my own art gallery and also to run my own art classes to teach artwork to everyone.
"I would just like to thank the public for the support and recognition for my artwork."