I’m honoured to be named a finalist in the Handmade category of the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards.  It was exciting to have been nominated and a thrill to make it to the finals.

Local business woman named as a finalist for National Awards
Gabrielle Conescu of Fifth Dimension Art has been named as a finalist for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards in the Handmade category.

The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Gabrielle Conescu is a professional artist, mentor and published author from Brisbane. She is the mother of two grown sons she raised on her own after her marriage broke down. She became a mumpreneur about 4 years ago after leaving her bookkeeping career to pursue her passion for art.

Gabrielle is on a mission to reshape the way society views art. She believes arts’ true value for humanity is yet to be fully realised.

Her paintings are attracting discerning collectors and she has exhibited to local and international audiences.
Gabrielle believes her own journey of change has her uniquely positioned to steer others toward uncovering their true potential.

The feedback received from students is that these art classes not only encourage true creativity but also build confidence to step out of their comfort zone and let go of fear of failure and judgement and find the courage to make a change which is so important especially now when we need to find our independence.
The art created by students is so much more than simply a visual piece of art.

We asked Gabrielle what inspired her to start her business.

“A case of workplace burnout had me leave my career five years ago. I felt disillusioned and took time out to recover. I’d been comfortable as a bookkeeper yet unfulfilled. I felt the urge to start art classes.
From the moment I picked up the paint brush I felt reconnected to so much joy. Making beautiful paintings became the focus for my life.

I really wanted to understand why my workplace experience had been so traumatic. Accordingly, when the opportunity to study Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring arose, I embraced it.

This was a new beginning realising that my strengths and innate talents were best suited to arts or teaching careers. No wonder bookkeeping was unfulfilling.

I pursued my passion for making beautiful paintings and was astounded when nurturing my creative spirit also activated my intuition. I made the leap from a reserved bookkeeper to owning my talent and founding Fifth Dimension Art.”

Gabrielle is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly Artist in Residence with Arts for Inclusion at the Mental Health Services Conference 2019. The Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where she exhibited and presented to an International and National audience.

When COVID 19 restrictions came in, Gabrielle’s painting workshops came to a halt. Keen to support people through the stress and anxiety of this crisis, Gabrielle set up online art classes called “Doodle Your Stress Away” for adults and “Creativity for Kids” for children on school holidays. Participants were amazed at how much more creative they were in business and how much calmer they felt day to day. The benefits were so much greater than expected.

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Gabrielle explains, “I love the freedom of being my natural self as a mumpreneur and expanding my business from that space.

I believe by honouring our feminine qualities and values, we are empowered to approach business successfully in a more caring and compassionate way.”

It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Gabrielle gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise.

“Surround yourself with a community of people who believe in you and want to support you. Educate yourself about all the different aspects of your business by enrolling in a course such as the one offered the Women’s Business School. You’ll need up to date knowledge designed specifically for women by women who are experienced mentors.”

Read more at www.ausmumpreneur.com. The winners of the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September.

For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: www.ausmumpreneur.com or contact awards@ausmumpreneur.com

For an interview with Gabrielle Conescu contact mobile 0403 729 839, email gabrielle@fifthdimensionart.com.au, www.fifthdimensionart.com.au

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