Woodstock Anzac Day service inspires young artist

Cowra RSL sub-Branch member David Rae, with fellow member Bill Sutor and his great-nephew Matthew Norman's artwork. Inset: Matthew's artwork
Cowra RSL sub-Branch member David Rae, with fellow member Bill Sutor and his great-nephew Matthew Norman's artwork. Inset: Matthew's artwork

This year's Anzac Day service in Woodstock has been captured in a special way, thanks to the talents of a young artist.

Matthew Norman, 15, great-nephew of Cowra RSL sub-Branch member David Rae, has made a drawing from the service featuring Mr Rae, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West and Graham O'Neill.

Matthew then gifted his great-uncle with the work.

Matthew Norman.

Matthew Norman.

Matthew's mother, Michelle Norman said her son, who has a mild form of autism and learning difficulties, has demonstrated artistic talents from a young age.

"So academically he's not very strong... but his drawings are unbelievable, it's amazing what he can draw," she said.

"He can sit there all day and do drawings."

Matt and his family, who are from Ferntree Gully, Victoria, attended a number of Anzac Day services with Mr Rae. Michelle says her son takes photos and either uses his iPad or draws freehand.

"We had been staying with David, and Matt had taken to doing pictures of him and his mates and they were all blown away by how good he was," Michelle said.

"He had no idea that we had it printed and were going to send it to him."

In the future, Matt hopes to become an animator.