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Denise Daffara

Artist in Mooloolaba

A Celebration of Life and Death

PRESENTED ON FEB 10, 2016
IN SUNSHINE COAST @ VOL 16

Denise Daffara began painting and drawing in 1999 as a celebration of fun and freedom.  However in the lead up to preparing her Pecha Kucha presentation she was called home to New Zealand and had to prepare for her mother’s death. In her presentation she shares some of that journey and some of the beautiful drawings that eventuated. 

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