Artist, taxidermist and award-winning children's book writer and illustrator Tull Suwannakit has exhibited internationally and established his own visual art school.
Studying postgraduate art constantly challenges you to explore outside of your comfort zone and investigate new findings.
"I spent seven years in commercial art working as a set designer, an illustrator and an art instructor, so I wanted to explore the other aspect of art practice, where critical analysis and in-depth investigation into the core of your practice are explored.
"The Master of Fine Art is structured in a way that allows ample room for experimentation, which is important to fine art practice. You are narrowing your focus down to the condensed core of what you want to say.
"The teachers at RMIT would constantly challenge me to explore new media and techniques. I started off using illustration as my medium, then shifted to sculpture before refining to taxidermy.
"I love that I can combine both of these media in my career. I’m currently working as a children's book author and illustrator while continuing to exhibit my taxidermy work in galleries in Melbourne and overseas.
"My work has been shown at National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, and my childrens picture book, What Happens Next?, received critical acclaim and was included as part of the 'Australian Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition: Showcasing Notable Picture Books' in Bologna, Italy.
"My love of art and education inspired me to establish the Malvern School of Art. We run workshops for children, teens and adults in creative drawing, character design and taxidermy. Starting an art school is probably the greatest achievement, since it allows me to share with others my passion and knowledge in my related field of art practice."