Grace Hickey chases her art and music passion

GRACE Hickey is an artist, a singer, and now a cover model for the Plunge Festival.

"It's hilarious," she says humbly.

"From a casual photo session to now having my face on the side of a bus is great, but a bit weird."

"It's going to be funny to see everyone else's reaction."

Grace graduated from Maclean High in 2014, and took a gap year last year before she takes up study at the Queensland College of Art on scholarship.


"I really wanted to travel - I wasn't sure exactly wanted to do study and work wise," she said.

"So I worked for the first part of the year, then travelled through Europe, and in the last few months I've been working on my music, getting work and gigging."

And while many people may be familiar with Grace's exquisite voice through either her jazz singing, or her work with local group Solstice, she is also a talented artist with work in drawing and mixed media.

"I'm going to try a few disciplines and mediums at the Queensland College just to see what works better,"

"I do prefer drawing, and over the last little while I've been experimenting and collaborating with people - designing a few CD covers."

It is a skill she has needed for herself, teaming up with friends Jasmine Ohlmus and Breanna Ryan to record some tracks at the Heaven recording studio to culminate in an EP which was launched this week at the Wooloweyah hall.

"Music is a real passion, pretty much on par with my art," she said. "Later on this year I'll also be singing at the Thredbo Jazz Festival with Hugh Scott Murray and the Big Ole Bus band."

And with only a week to go before she moves her life to Brisbane to start the next chapter of her life, Grace says that art is her focus for the immediate future.

"I would love to be able to make a living out of my music and my art," she said.

"I'm just trying to take every single opportunity that comes my way and make the absolute best of it. I'll see where it leads."

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