My name is Mitch Gobel, I’m 25 years old, I’m a professional artist and passionate conservationist.
Around April 2014, I woke up one day and realised what my life had become through creating a person to hide my insecurities. I was at rock bottom. I decided then and there that I was going to change my life and the last little bit of self-belief and respect left at that point was all it took to start a pretty incredible journey.
I knew that my art was not only an escape but also a chance to do something with my life. I never knew its true potential until I really pushed and discovered how powerful it could become. It began when I asked someone’s advice and a really long story short, the advice that person gave me was this:
‘Stop listening to that voice inside your head, that little voice that keeps telling you that it’s too hard, that it’s impossible, that no one will take you seriously.’
They told me to believe in myself and for the first time in my life I heard what that person was telling me instead of listening to the voice in my head.
As a result of that conversation I created an idea. I quit my job the very next day, I erased the person I used to be and I worked fucking hard to get what I wanted and I got it.
The idea was to combine the two aspects of my life that I was most passionate about being art and conservation. I’m now the founding Director of MGRA Wildlife and Habitat Conservation, which is a not-for-profit charity funded entirely by my art.
My life now is the very essence of the term ‘living the dream’ and we still have a long way to go. Beyond what I’m doing in my own life I hope that in some way, my story can inspire you to push yourself and achieve your goals. In my mind the sky is truly the limit and I look forward to showing the world, through my journey just how far you can take your life when you believe in yourself.
“Through art, we are creating a voice for wildlife and habitat conservation”
Originally The Vision Project was a film created to promote Mitch's first solo exhibition through which MGRA raised $25,000 for the Australia Zoo charity - The Wildlife Warriors.
The film also incorporated Mitch's life and some of the challenges he came across while completing the project you can see the original film below.
For information on MGRA's donation to The Wildlife Warriors including media stories published by channel 7 news, click here.