Walk My Way

Walk My Way is a recently self-published book by artist Rhonda Murray. It formed part of a project she undertook as the recipient of a Cultural Arts Grant from Kiama Council. This project explores empathy and connections within a community. Rhonda interviewed 20 people and wrote their stories, with the help of guest author, Gail Morgan. She then wove the characters of those stories into paintings of shoes, as diverse as the people who inhabit them.

Shoes speak so loudly of many things – the path we’ve taken, life’s different journeys, our personalities and culture’ – Rhonda Murray.

Those paintings and stories together, capture the essence of the heroic journey the people in this book have lived. From the Surfer who shared his incredible pathway of recovery after almost losing his life from a shark attack, to the resilience and determination of the Dancer, to the Businessman who could pour a beer while listening to a life story. Each story is as unique as the individuals who wear those shoes – their personalities expressed so vibrantly in the paintings.

A recent exhibition showcasing the paintings and launching the book, was held at the Old Fire Station in Kiama. Many of the people in the stories, along with friends and visitors, gathered to view paintings of shoes and read stories of ordinary, extraordinary people.

Every person has a story. We just need to listen.

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