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Elliot Watson with his artwork
​“A brilliant artist and all-round nice guy” is how friends and fellow students describe TAFE NSW student Elliot Watson, who was awarded the Hunter TAFE Foundation’s 2017 Carol Duval Memorial Award for Painting on Wednesday 12 October.
 
The esteemed art prize was established in 2005 in memory of former TAFE NSW Newcastle Art School Fine Arts teacher, Carol Duval and provides a young, talented artist from the school with $1000 to be used towards further study or learning materials.
 
Mr Watson is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts and said the money will help him to purchase much-needed high quality art products.
 
“I was at a point in my painting career where this award and money was really going to define what I was going to be able to do,” said Mr Watson.
 
“I am going to buy artist quality paints and put money towards the cost of holding an exhibition later this year.”
 
While Elliot’s talent could indicate many years of paintbrush experience, he began to paint just three years ago in the garage of his home. 
 
“I borrowed my sister’s paints and began painting,” said Mr Watson.
 
“I paint because I have discovered a new way to look at the world and painting helps me share it in a way where others can see it too.”
 
With a natural ability to express himself on canvas, Elliot has his sights firmly set on a career in the creative industry.
 
“I aim to be a successful practising artist, full of knowledge and understanding about the world and how I can recreate that onto my canvases in my own way,” said Mr Watson.
 
The Hunter TAFE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working with Hunter business, education and community leaders. It is committed to supporting education and training by providing financial support to TAFE NSW students studying in the Hunter and Central Coast regions who are experiencing either personal or financial hardship.