Dear Chern'ee

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding artwork you recently completed for The Department of Veterans Affairs.

The work, "Diversity and Inclusion", is a significant piece that represents the many different facets of our diversity and we are delighted to be able to use your artwork on tie's, scarves, letterheads and a range of products that will celebrate the 5 diversity groups in the Australian Armed Forces.

The inclusion of the poppies and rosemary representing ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and our fallen service men and women was a fitting tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

Thank you for your hard work and for the legacy you have provided for the department.

Liz Cosson AM CSC

Office of the Secretary

Department of Veterans Affairs


The Australian Public Service Commission is delighted with the artwork reflecting our Reconciliation journey. Staff are proudly wearing the lanyards that contain elements of the artwork and enthusiastically presenting the artwork to visitors.

It was a pleasure to collaborate with such a talented and professional artist. Chern’ee made herself available to attend the unveiling of the artwork and staff were moved by her reading of the story behind her work. To facilitate the professional and accessible presentation of the painting, Chern’ee produced a QR code containing an audio recording of the story which can accompany the artwork in situ.

Chern’ee’s talent in representing the Commission’s story visually was impressive.

Thank you.

 Dr Alia Imtoual

A/g Director l Diversity & Inclusion Policy l Inclusion & Implementation Group

Convenor Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Australian Public Service Commission


"Hi Chernee

 It’s exceeded our expectations. We love how it resembles the one we fell in love with. We can’t thank you enough for what you have given us in this wonderful artwork. Also from the bottom of my heart thank you for putting that star in to remind me of my dear friend. It’s such a thoughtful gesture. We will treasure this for the rest of Of lives and we can’t wait to have it hanging up in our living room."

Russell Barker

Private Commission



Chern'ee is the warmth and guiding light in our Indigenous Flag and a Star on our Australian Flag - Such an infinitus affinity with colour, balance and story with collaborative intent. Chern'ee's true heart visions captured on canvas and story is just amazing. She is definitely at one with art, nature, life, love, land, spirit, sanctity with collaborative purpose and understanding. Just an Amazing Australian, Artist & Transformational Leader. 

Mark Lawson



We commissioned a painting by Chern’ee recently and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an inspirational, personalised piece of art for their home. Chern’ee’s unique style is exquisite and the painting she produced for us is now the centerpiece of our home. Chern’ee was great to work with too - helpful, professional, and prompt to reply to questions we had. Thank you Chern’ee for capturing our story on canvas so beautifully!

Shane Mortensen

Private Commission


"WE LOVE IT" - So glad you were able to join us for the unveling to share the intricate details of the artworks story. That moment everyone went 'WOOOOAH" as it was unveiled, is one I will remember. Well done Chern'ee I look forward to seeing your work grow internationally :)

Shanell Gadd

Diversity Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs



"Chern’ee is a talented artist who is willing to share her inspiration, ideas and skills with the wider community. I had the privilege of working with Chern’ee on an artist-in-residence project at my school and she was a wonderful role model and mentor for the teenagers she worked with. She was patient and generous in teaching the students skills in painting and visual communication using Aboriginal ways of storytelling through art. Chern’ee is making a huge impact nationally with her arts & entrepreneurial initiatives and is championing indigenous leadership, cultural awareness and business. She is an exceptional human being – humble, generous and full of heart."

Kalindi Brennan

Educator Silkwood State School


Hi Chern’ee

 WOW, WOW, WOW - My husband and I are thrilled with the final artwork and the story of the paining made me cry. Such a beautiful portrayal of our commissioned artwork.  You are such an amazing artist and we look forward to having this awesome artwork hang in our home.

Sharon Househam

Private Commission


"To say the painting is beautiful is an understatement. We opened it in the office yesterday. Everyone was absolutely amazed with how it looked. Much love Chern'ee"

Justine Mullins

Gidgee Healing



"Chern'ee I am speechless. I opened the painting and burst into tears and read the story and cried even more. I love it more than I could ever say. I am so happy. Thank you Chern'ee from the bottom of my heart."

Vivienne Bull

Family Relationship Centre



Wow Chernee ……it is stunning.

I will share with the RAP team and I’m sure they will be as equally impressed.

Many thanks again for your exquisite work for our organisation.

Lorraine Kennedy

Director, Human Resources

Northrop Grumman Australia



"They have just arrived and are Beautiful, just what I wanted... You are a talent for sure.. I am very happy with the finished paintings .. Thank you .."

Peter Nash

Private Commissions



Chern'ee Sutton thank you so much for coming to visit us! The kids are still glowing about meeting you and all the wonderful things they learnt about you! Their parents and the other teachers at school have come in to see the amazing artwork you did for the kids too! We are going to add color to it tomorrow! You are definitely the hero to 20 little people now.

Taneal Proctor

Teacher Turner State School



"Chern'ee is the most professional person I have had the pleasure of dealing with."

Sherree Horgen




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