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Tree Of Life Blog: The Health Guru Girl

Artist, model, yoga teacher and rainbow food creator – there’s not much this girl can’t do.

It’s not hard to fall in love with Sabrina Sterk’s bright personality, wellness based lifestyle and her floral-topped nourishing bowls. We caught up with the plant powered health guru to chat about what drew her to Byron Bay, her love of creation of both art and food.

Tree Of Life Blog: The Health Guru Girl

Tell us a little bit about yourself – Where are you originally from and what made you move to Byron?

Hello! I made the great escape to Byron about three years ago. I was born and bred in Adelaide – raised between a loft in the city and a house in the Eastern Suburbs. Despite it being a beautiful city with lovely grounded people, I found myself looking for more – and desired to surround myself with more like minded people. I desired to move to a place where there was a strong emphasis on spending time in nature and living more sustainably.

What is it that you do here? / What do you do for work?

Well I suppose I do a bit of everything! I work for myself – I model, sell my artwork and cater for boutique events. By working for myself I am able to spend my days freely. I study Visual Art at university so spend a few days there, then the rest of the time I’m strewn between yoga classes, gardening, cooking, painting, sculpture making, swimming and bush walking.

When did you start making artwork? Do you sell anything?

I fell in love with the act of making when I was a little girl. My dad’s side of the family are all very artistic and when I spent time with my dad in the loft he would sit me down with paints and paper to keep me entertained. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of me filling walls with hundreds of paintings and having mini art shows for him and his friends. Since then I have been making things non-stop. I’m a very visual person and find that painting gives me the freedom to express my thoughts and emotions – no matter how crazy they may be – it’s cathartic. At the moment I’m selling an illustrated zine on indoor plants, some ceramic vases and a few paintings here and there. You can find the zine and vases on my website and the zines are available at The Farm Nursery in Ewingsdale.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working towards an all women’s group art show later this year as well as formulating a cookbook which I hope to release in September.

What got you interested in food?

My love for food is undoubtedly inherited from both of my parents. My mother is Russian and my dad is Dutch and both are incredible cooks who carry with them their cultural heritage in all that they do. As a little girl I would sit in the kitchen and watch each parent cooking, seeing how they danced around the kitchen and transformed a few spices into curries and some flours into cakes. It was like magic to me and I grew up dreaming to be capable of cooking like them. In my teens I began to feel more independent and when my parents worked I would stay at home experimenting in the kitchen. It was a self interest and I spent a lot of time reading cook books and studying about nutrition online.

What keeps you here? Can you list 3 favourite things about the bay?

The enthusiastic community, the nature and the sense of opportunity that fills me with optimism.

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Muse: Sabrina Sterk
Interview and photography: Shaanti Senaratne
Styling by Tree Of Life