Raymond proves you're never too old
Raymond Atkins never thought he would find himself studying art at TAFE NSW at the age of 72.
Raymond, from Greystanes in western Sydney, was resuscitated three times after a serious car accident when he was 22 and was in a coma for 21 days. That led him to adopt the motto that you’re never too old – or young – to do what you love.
“Looking back, I can’t believe I came out of that accident alive. It was a time where you didn’t wear seatbelts, you sat on them,” he said.
“The accident taught me a lot about how short life is, which is why all these years later I’ve decided to broaden my skill set at TAFE NSW and learn something new.”
Raymond has completed an advanced diploma of arts at TAFE NSW Nepean and is doing a bachelor of arts at Federation University, in partnership with TAFE NSW.
He gets inspiration from local sites around Parramatta, including St John’s Cathedral and the Parramatta River pedestrian bridge, which he uses to create printed etchings and watercolour paintings.
Half of Raymond’s garage has been converted into an art studio and he hopes his paintings can brighten up people’s homes.
“I’ve always enjoyed art as a hobby, but my TAFE NSW teachers have helped me develop the skills to be able to pursue my hobby as a career,” he said.
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