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Brett Tomlin

My Story

Hi my name is Brett Tomlin and here are a few things I would like to share with you:

Favourite colour: Blue – Prussian Blue (potassium ferric hexacyanoferrate), the first relatively light fast pigment that was developed after the loss of knowledge to make Egyptian Blue and is also used in medicine to treat Thallium and Radioactive Caesium poisoning.

 

Ethnicity: Australian

 

Passion in life: Arts, Architecture, Environment, Heritage, Design, Music and Taekwondo

I was born here in Adelaide but spent my childhood moving around regional South Australia because of my Dad’s job with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. As a kid I loved music, drawing, creating ‘things’ and sometimes, just being in and experiencing my environment.

My passions have always driven my life goals and when I completed high school in Victor Harbour I was torn between wanting to become an Architect or a Musician. Studying and performing music consumed more than 20 years of my life, it gave me opportunities to travel and explore Australia, soaking up the essence of the country and its people. The music industry allows you unique insights and it showed me the extremes of Australia, the barren and the lush, the good and the bad, the rich and the poor, the euphoric and the inconsolable. It also taught me who I was.

Possibly driven by life experience or maybe it’s just part of me, is a desire to learn, share, teach and help others and this has given me chances to participate in so much, charity concerts, fight bushfires, community groups, sporting clubs, environmental and heritage restoration.

Another childhood fascination was the martial arts and Asian culture and I finally found the opportunity to delve into this world about 10 years ago through World Taekwondo Academy. It has restored a little fitness, made me challenge myself to achieve more and reinforced my life values; integrity, positivity, strength of character and the value of continually learning, teaching and helping others.

All this brought me full circle and the chance to follow my other passion of studying architecture at UniSA. It allows my creativity and my previous musical expression to morph into forms of visual expression. To experience environments, record heritage and moments of the past, to restore, maintain, create and develop knowledge to be shared forward.

Life can be a struggle, but everyone has the power within them to overcome, the hardest part is finding a way to tap into that strength. It can’t always be done alone - friends, family, partners, colleagues – all play a role in how you live your life. Drawing inspiration from the incredible people around you, strengthens personal resolve.

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