FATHER'S DAY: Killarney dad inspired by daughter's success
WHENEVER Killarney teen Teal Stumkat passes the sandstone horses at the local RSL she's reminded of childhood afternoons with father Paul Stumkat in his workshop, where she fell in love with their shared passion for sculpting.
As Paul worked to carefully create his masterpieces, Teal and her sister Akala would follow him around the studio, scrambling atop the art, busting open moulds or playing with discarded lumps of clay.
Teal remembers her family laughing as she jumped up and down, unable to control a small drill she was trying to use on one of her father's projects.
"I can't remember when or why I started to get involved,” Teal said. "I just know that when I did art, I enjoyed it.”
From playing in the mud to helping to smooth the clay, with Paul's guidance Teal's skill eventually grew to where she was exhibiting her work in the region's largest art gallery.
Paul said his daughter's work was inspiring.
"As a parent it makes you proud to see her take that on and carry on with it,” he said.
He said he had always been there to help his daughter but declined to take the credit, instead thanking her school and art tutors.
Teal disagreed and said her father's work was the real inspiration.
"They're all so beautiful and the meaning behind them is always important,” she said.
"He taught me about the clay and the different types of rock and textures and tools.”
The commonalities and interests the two share have created an important connection.
"It's a good father-daughter bond,” Paul said.