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How Rhonda turned passion for Indigenous art into a career

A Campbelltown woman has credited TAFE NSW with helping her turn her passion for creating contemporary Aboriginal artwork into a successful career. 

Rhonda Sampson studied a Certificate III in design fundamentals and diploma of graphic design at TAFE NSW Campbelltown, and has since launched her own business, RS Creative Solutions.

The proud Kamilaroi woman has created murals and artworks for a suite of clients including Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Lendlease and Campbelltown City Council.

Ms Sampson, pictured, has won a number of honours, including a TAFE NSW Excellence award, TAFE NSW Gili award, NSW Training award and a Fisher’s Ghost art award.

She was also a finalist in the St George Dragons’ 2021 Indigenous jersey design competition. 

“I enrolled in the diploma of graphic design as I wanted to develop my skills further and build my business,’’ says Ms Sampson.

“My teachers were amazing and really brought out the best in me. Without their support from start to finish, I don’t think I would have completed the course.

“The inspiration behind my work has always been my culture. I hope I can be a good role model for younger people looking to start their own business or join the design industry and show it’s never too late to pursue your passion.

“I would strongly encourage others to take the plunge and study something they’re passionate about. 

“I’ve really enjoyed using the hands-on skills I’ve gained at TAFE NSW to create contemporary Aboriginal digital artworks for high profile clients.’’

TAFE NSW head teacher of design Lydia Kullik said the diploma of graphic design opens up rewarding career pathways in creative fields.  

“Rhonda is a prime example of the opportunities TAFE NSW provides those looking to strengthen their creative and technical design skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification,” Ms Kullik said.  

“Students will learn valuable skills such as digital illustration techniques, hand drawing, typography and layout, 3D design and construction, and how to work through the design process from initial design to final product.”  

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