Artist lives up to his name with donation

ARTISTIC TALENT: Former student Doug Free painted a tribute to the 150-year-old Warwick East State School National Building.
ARTISTIC TALENT: Former student Doug Free painted a tribute to the 150-year-old Warwick East State School National Building. Emma Boughen

DOUG Free has a long association with Warwick East State School.

Mr Free attended the school, following in his father's footsteps, who attended two decades before.

Ironically, Mr Free, a talented artist, is a long-time neighbour of the school's current principal, Warren Elder, and he was asked by the principal if he would like to paint a picture of the school's iconic National Building to help celebrate its 150th birthday.

However, Mr Free has gone well above the call.

"He (Mr Elder) saw my paintings on the wall and asked if I would be interested in doing a painting to celebrate the building's birthday," Mr Free said.

"I presented the painting to the school on Friday and while I was there I took a tour through the school's Special Education Unit."

What Mr Free saw on that tour inspired him to donate the $400 he received as commission for the painting to the school's SEU.

"I thought the attention the teachers gave the kids and the job they were doing with them was fantastic," he said.



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