Alysha Sparks captures 'Day in the Life' photographs of farming families and paint cattle portraits with personalised ear tags, among other things. Alysha grew up on a cereal crop, hay and sheep farm east of Jamestown in the Mid-North of South Australia. Like many other country kids, she moved to Adelaide to study at the age of 18. Alysha chose Graphic Design and although she no longer pursues that path, it was integral to getting to the place she is now.
"I have always had a camera or paint brush in my hand, I never thought I could be good enough to be a photographer or artist - let alone make a living out of it. But through courses, online training and a lot of practice, I was able to work for myself and make a living from my two most favourite things to do. As well as combining the country element which ran through to my core."
The country life is in-bred into Alysha and is a constant source of inspiration for her. She knows that farming isn't just for her brothers and that they would always have a place if she were to choose to work on the farm. However, her creative side will always get the better of her. She loves to capture the farming life through art and photography. "There is this switch in my brain that says 'capture this moment', the here and now, so fleeting, I feel I have to document it before it's a distant memory. To document life as it is and to capture the true essence of life on the land from my point of view."
The best part is she can do all of this while raising a family. They now have a 12 week old baby boy 'Bodhi' who inspires her to be her best and continually evolve and continually better herself.
It is a hard combination to mix creativity and agriculture but it is so exciting to think that this can be done so successfully as you continue to prove. Your motivation to stay true to yourself is inspiring and we love what career you have created for yourself.