Dennis Seymour is living proof that you are never too old to learn something new.
Surrounded by his four children, extended family and fellow students, the 86 year-old graduated with a Masters of Visual Arts from Federation University Gippsland on Thursday as one of the oldest indigenous Australians to attain a masters level education.
“I was ancient compared to the other students… but it was great to learn from each other,”
Heavily influenced by his mothers’ admiration for Australian landscapes,
“I’ve been an artist and taught art for many years, but I wanted to satisfy myself,”
The youngest of 16 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) in 2014 at the age of
“I was encouraged to get an education thinking I could never get one,”
“I always liked painting and looking at landscapes. I started painting using the traditional Aboriginal style of creating dots and lines before progressing to painting landscapes and aspects of our culture,”
“I tried oil paintings and
The ochre technique involves grinding stones to a powder and mixing them with fluid, resulting in rich, earthy
After his graduation,
“As an Aboriginal Elder it is important to pass on what you have
“I hope what I have done will help others do the same.”