Chantelle Mitchell started painting last year to fill in time during the COVID period.
Last Friday night her artwork was showcased on a national level when local footballer Courtney Wakefield ran out wearing one of her designs in an AFLW Indigenous Round game.
Wakefield, who plays for Richmond, kicked two goals during the game in the Tigers 47-point defeat of Geelong.
“The first painting I ever did was for my Pop and after that I just have continued to paint,” Chantelle said.
“Every painting I do is for my Pop because I know he would be proud of me.
“When pre-season for footy started I decided to paint my own boots.
“I put them up on my Facebook page and I got a lot of messages from people asking me to paint their boots.”
Chantelle said she has painted five pairs of boots to date, and a lot more canvases for people.
She said boots can definitely be challenging, but she has managed to get the job done each time so far.
“I got a message from Courtney asking me to paint her boots for Indigenous Round last weekend,” Chantelle said.
“I was so excited and proud to paint her boots.
“On her boots I painted the aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australia flags to represent all cultures.
“I added a symbol on the front which means strong woman.
“I put that on there because I think Courtney is a strong woman. Just her story about coming from Wentworth to playing AFLW is amazing.
“I added the Murray River − something about where she’s from.
“I also added a little design I did myself.”
Chantelle has recently been asked by the Sunraysia Women’s Football League to design its interleague jumper for this season, which she said was another pretty big honour.
She is no stranger to elite football herself, and is this season a regular on the field at the Bendigo Pioneers.
In between her football playing and work commitments, Chantelle plans to continue painting as a hobby.