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my chalkart journey
My name is Monique Cannon. I was born in 1967 on a sheep and wheat farm in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.
I had a wonderful childhood, blessed to be born a “farm girl” with all the wonderful gifts of nature at my fingertips. I had 2 dogs, 1 cat, 10 fish, 1 cow, 2 horses, 1 frog, 1 turtle, 12 lambs, 3 chickens, 5 ducks and 100 coloured pencils!!
When I finished school at 18 it was time to move to a big city to pursue my goal to be an art teacher! Sydney, Australia was my destination. Art-Teacher college didn’t turn out well. I turned to plan B... anything “art”.
I did a diploma in graphic design and got a job in advertising, but it wasn't my real dream. Eventually I quit my job and my life in Sydney and moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I had always dreamed of living there. Now I had to start all over again.
After moving to the Gold Coast at age 23 I got a waitressing job and the owner noticed I was a graphic designer and asked if I could do some artwork on his blackboard (wow). Of course I said YES! This was my dream job..."artist”!! i had no idea what materials to use or where to start for that matter, so I made it up as I went along. This was happiness, I felt like a real artist.
When I finally completed the blackboard my boss was so happy. He said it was the best blackboard ever!! My Dad took photographs of this blackboard and made it into business cards. I named the business “Monique’s Chalk Art.”
I was kept busy chalk arting most days, but had the idea if I could seal them somehow, I would have a better business. So mum, dad and I set about testing and trying everything on the market. we finally had the perfect product and it was the first non smudge chalkart ever!!
So that was the beginning of the rest of my life. I eventually had to quit my day job as a waitress and become a full time ARTIST!!! Such a lovely story :)