Bio - Sue Hamlet

Sue's career has encompassed graphic design, interior design, community development, counselling, mentoring, community education and workshop facilitation. 

Starting in 2020, Sue now balances her time between creating optimistic and uplifting works on canvas and facilitating artistic/therapeutic workshops. She is passionate about the value of art for self-care and the power of visualisation for increased wellbeing. 

Sue’s work evokes hope, curiosity and wonder about the inner and outer world. Sue believes that art has an important role in connecting people to themselves and to each other.

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The longer version and brief CV

I was a graphic designer for 18 years before entering the human services field in 2015, but had rarely painted until Christmas 2019, when a prolonged drought and regional fires left me yearning for colour and freshness that was largely absent in the landscape. So I painted a vibrant abstract mural on the dining room wall (as you do). It had such an uplifting effect that I turned to canvas, mindfully creating artwork that reflected the freshness and flow of landscapes 'after the rain'.

I shyly shared on social media - and the work struck a chord with others. Before I knew it I was selling my art, taking commissions and planning to take a year off 'regular' work to pursue painting, freelance facilitation and further study. It was a big leap. I loved my job as a counsellor/community educator but it was time for a change. Creating a life where I shared both my art and my passion for people made sense to me. 

I am very much 'of' my rural region - the Southern Downs of Queensland - as you will see in my work - and have been inspired and encouraged by artists and friends associated with Warwick Art Gallery.

I love working with people to help them thrive, and I have a rich patchwork of qualifications and experience in counselling, community development, welfare, training and arts practice. Community work includes co-founding Women of Warwick (WOW), Southern Downs Refugee and Migrant Network (SDRAMN) and extensive involvement in homelessness projects.

A career milestone was briefly taking the stage at TED-X South Bank to pitch a literary idea. I didn't win, but wasn't scared either, and have been confident in front of audiences ever since.

I am an active member of the Australian Counselling Association.

Thank you for joining me on the journey.

Sue Hamlet

Work history

2015-2020 Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld Ltd (mental health support worker, counsellor, facilitator, community educator)

2003-2015 Fledge Design Studio (owner/designer, graphic design and interior design, community development, community engagement)

Prior work history includes: senior graphic designer, window dresser, IT/marketing, business owner.

Quals & study

2014 - Dip Community Welfare & Development

2016 - Cert IV in Training & Assessment

2018 - Dip Counselling

  • Currently enrolled in BHMS (Counselling)
  • ASIST Suicide Prevention Trainer
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 
  • Smart Recovery Group Trainer
  • Tree of Life - trainer
  • Bringing Up Great Kids - trainer
  • Suicide Risk Screening Tool (STARS)
  • Psychological First Aid 
  • Family Systems 
  • DV Alert
  • SafeTalk
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • The Accidental Counsellor
  • Provide First Aid - HLTAID003