One of Wagga's celebrated young artists has been inspiring creativity in others this week.
Joel Jensen was at Wagga Bupa this week to assist staff with an art project which will hang on the walls of their new optical and health insurance store, which opened its doors to the public today.
Mr Jensen was born with two rare eye conditions, Aniridia and Peter's Anomaly and is legally blind, so he largely relies on his intuition and imagination when he draws.
"The art's pretty much, I get a basic idea of an object or a person or landscape and start with a basic image," Mr Jensen said.
"Then all the fine details and all the add-ons and everything are based off imagination, not a photo as such."
"It's pretty much been the same process right along. I've just started doing painting as well as the drawing which is pretty much the same process - forming something out of the imagination."
Mr Jensen gets around with the assistance of his guide dog Nicci, and reminded the community to not pat working dogs wearing harnesses.
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Mr Jensen is already an accomplished artist at the age of 21 with an exhibition currently on display at Tahlia Keogh Fine Art on Edward Street.
"My art career's pretty much been self-taught. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember," he said.
He said he has recently started working with oil paint and using colours, with the encouragement of Wagga artist Tahlia Keogh.
Mr Jensen has worked at the Ms Keogh's studio for the past three years and plans to further pursue his artistic career.
"Art's pretty much a side-hobby, which I'm trying to expand on," he said.
"It's just about presenting something to the community, giving people a perception of how I see things.
"It's pretty much trying to inspire people. Trying to create something that a lot of people wouldn't think a disabled person would be able to do."
Mr Jensen said he was approached by Bupa Health Insurance experience delivery lead Adam Hoddy-Watson to lead a drawing workshop with staff.
Mr Hoddy-Watson said the artworks will be collated and hung on the wall in the new Baylis Street store.
"We have both our health insurance team and our optical team who are going to be operating under one roof. Which is exciting because we have a one-stop shop," he said.
"All the canvases that we're putting together we'll be looking back on in five years' time and going, 'That's when Bupa Wagga properly became Bupa Wagga'."