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Renata’s love of art – and the animals she depicts in her work – began at an early age.

As soon as Renata Bruynzeel was able to hold a pencil she would draw on everything and anything. As a child, her expeditions in the bush involved finding creatures and bringing injured animals home, including birds that had fallen from their nests. It also wasn’t uncommon to find a skink in her lunch box, which would eventually be brought home and let go.

Renata’s love for wildlife and the natural world has continued into adulthood and has led her on journeys to remote areas of Australia and Africa.

Renata has experienced debilitating depression and as a result gave away drawing for many years. After visiting Tonga in 2011 to swim with majestic humpback whales, Renata was so moved by the experience she was able to reconnect with her creativity once again and inspired to create her striking pastel works.

Though it’s hard to believe looking at her art, Renata is completely self-taught and has never had any formal artistic training.

Renata creates her art from her home over looking the Pacific Ocean in Wollongong, NSW, where she often sees humpback whales migrating. Renata works mainly in pastels from photos she takes while observing the animals’ behaviour and character.

According to beyondblue, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In any one year, around one million Australian adults have depression. On average, one in six people (one in five women and one in eight men) will experience depression at some stage of their lives. There are different types of depression. Symptoms can range from minor (but still disabling) through to very severe.

A major turning point for Renata has been support from friends, and finding the right treatment options.

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