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Australian Style
January 2000

AUSTRALIAN STYLE ē JANUARY 2000

Iron Maiden

By JACK MARX

PHOTO BY GREG WEIGHT

Theresa Byrnes suffers from Friedreichís Ataxia, a rare and fatal degenerative disease of the nervous system. She is also a full-time artist, an Australia Day Ambassador, recipient of a Young Australian of the Year Award and, more recently, author of The Divine Mistake, her autobiography. In something of a muscular mood, Theresa spoke to us in an old church in Sydney, which is now her home, her studio and her place of worship...

Writing must be an exhausting process for you.

Iím not afraid of being exhausted, Iím afraid of being bored. I never sit still anymore...Well, you know what I mean. I need to have my brakes on. I guess Iím quite a driven person. I feel very intensely and Iím a very visual person. I just have such a vision and such a desire to paint and express. I am inspired just by being a human being. I feel my spirit in my body and itís so strong. I have all of these feelings and Iíve just got to get them out...

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