My artwork begins with love for Wiradjuri country and every part of it. As a boy, I spent much time on country learning about my culture and connecting with country. I was taught about the animals, bush food, how to find artefacts and learnt stories passed down by my ancestors. Moving away from home Wiradjuri country I began to miss the connection to my country which influenced my desire to create artwork inspired by Wiradjuri land, lore and people. Each artwork that I produce holds significant meaning to me and deep respect for Wiradjuri.
I remember as a child taking part in cultural camps and other activities with family and elders. I remember throwing my first boomerang, going on my first camp and learning to find traditional food. I remember watching elders hunt goanna) and grey kangaroo then cook it traditionally in earth oven.
I grew up with and learnt from Wiradjuri elders who lived along Marrambidya Bila (Murrumbidgee River) and were passed on knowledge from their ancestors. I was taught by my uncles and elders how to hunt and gather food, and how to make tools and instruments.
I began painting boomerangs and bull roarers as a child. I was shown how to find didgeridoos and other artifacts by age thirteen, and that was when I started finding my own didgeridoos. I continue finding and decorating didgeridoos and other artifacts as a way of staying in touch with home.
In my early 20’s my father in-law, who was a Gunnai elder (descendent of Gippsland in Victoria, Australia) continually pushed me to take up art. He was able to mentor me and provide guidance as he was an accomplished artist and possessed a wealth of knowledge.
I have received much interest in my didgeridoos. Many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from across Australia and internationally have said my didgeridoos are the finest they’ve seen. This type of positive feedback inspires me to continue working hard and improving as an artist.
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