Clan: Zagareb/ Wulagurukaba
I am an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian. My mother is descendant from Badu Island and Murray Island, born on Badu Island and born and raised on hursday Island. My father’s ancestry is Malayan Islander and Australian Aboriginal, born and raised on Thursday Island. I was born on Thursday Island and raised in Bamaga in the Northern Peninsula Area.
My artwork tells the stories of my own experiences. I tell stories of the animals native to this area, both from the sea and on land. I love to hunt, to be at sea and to camp on the islands and in the country and this is reflected in my art. My paintings represent my experiences and my culture, showing hunting as our way of life.
I started art at TAFE, when I left school, but when I returned to the NPA I took up a trade apprenticeship as a carpenter. Though I never stopped making art, I was always painting and making carvings from bone, wood and shells. I wanted to k eep our culture strong in me and my community.
I want people to see a different view of the animals when they see my paintings. I want them to see the stories of my culture and learn about our way of life.