Ngadhi (my) artwork begins with ngadhi ngurrbul (love) for Wiradjuri ngurambang (country) and every part of it. As a boy, ngadhu (I) spent much time on ngurambang learning about my culture and connecting with ngurambang. Ngadhu was taught about the balugan-bu (animals), bush dhangaang (food), how to find artifacts and learnt stories passed down by ngadhi ancestors. Moving away from home (Wiradjuri ngurambang) as an eighteen year old, ngadhu began to miss the connection to ngadhi ngurambang (my country) which influenced ngadhi desire to create artwork inspired by Wiradjuri garray-bu (land), buyaa-bu (lore) and mayiny-bu (people). Each artwork that ngadhu produce holds significant meaning ngadhi-gu (to me) and yindyamarra-bu-dhuray (deep respect for) Wiradjuri.
I remember as a buraay (child) taking part in cultural camps and other activities with family and Elders. I remember throwing my first bargan (boomerang), going on my ngumbaay barra-wi-nya (first camp) and learning to find traditional dhangaang. I remember watching Elders hunt gugaa (goanna) and wambuwuny (grey kangaroo) then cook it traditionally in gulambula (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 dhangaang (food), and how to make tools and instruments.
I began painting bargan and bull roarers as a buraay. 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.