As an artist, I enjoy the creative journey of collaboration experienced when connecting directly with people, to create personalised artwork. I welcome opportunity to create commissioned artworks for individuals, groups or professional organisations. My goal in accepting commission is for the process to be both gratifying for me, as an artist and pleasurable for those who have decided to integrate my art into their living or working environment.
I invite you to view my past works, current collections and view testimonials to gain an insight into who I am as a person and an artist. Let’s see how we might work together to create a uniquely individual artwork for your home or office. I also have a profile on Houzz.com.au, an interior design website.
ARTWORK - Tankaan Ngatan Bobong Series - Mother and Baby
Commission by Hunter New England Local District Health - Birra Li Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Service in 2014, these 38 week pregnant belly casts of Aboriginal women from across the Hunter Valley are displayed throughout the services facilities.
This artwork celebrates the special journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Each work is depicted on a uniquely crafted belly cast provided from our beautiful pregnant mums from across the region.
Each piece of the collection is closely linked in design in several ways:* Through the vibrantly coloured rainbow serpent weaving across each cast, culturally associated with fertility and abundance;
* The blue, aqua and green ribbon flowing around the borders of the works, representing our region and communities by symbolising both the East Coast and the Hunter River;
* Each artworks central figure is of an Australian native wildlife Mother and Baby. These animals, birds and fish are representative of the totems of Aboriginal tribes and passed down to babies at birth.
Kunta Malang (Place Together - Awabakal) 2014
This vibrant and textured artwork tells the story of the Wallumedegal people. Wallumedegal territory followed the north bank of the Parramatta River from Turrumburra (Land Cove River) and was a rich environment of river flats, creeks and mangrove swamps.
These intricate waterways are portrayed within the work as a central waterway interwoven across the canvas. Within the waters we see the Wallumai, meaning snapper fish, the totem of the Wallumedegal people, known as the snapper fish clan. On either side of the river the work expands into varied and layered textures, reflective of the expansive and varied landscape surrounding the riverbank, interwoven with song lines the artwork highlights Aboriginal walking trails, pilgrimage and trade routes of the area.
Interlinked throughout the landscape are 29 meeting circles, representing the 29 clan groups of the Eora Nation, of which the Wallumedegal belong.
‘Place Together’ acknowledges traditional owners of country, while embracing the journey forward together, through shared Vision and respectful relationships.
ARTWORK - 100% Knights
This artwork tells the story of empowering the Australian indigenous youth of the Hunter to achieve their dreams!
The expanding circles placed at the very centre of the painting represent strength and growth, through partnerships that embrace Aboriginal cultural, while creating successful pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth to successfully journey from school to work.The textured backdrop is representative of the Wonaruah people and their country. Intertwined with the Knights head, it demonstrates unity of purpose and vision in providing deadly futures to our youth.
Woven through this you see the pathways linking gathering places. Each is representative of the season’s or stages of the journey taken depending on the individual goals of each young person: School; Vocational Training opportunities; Employers.
The painting also shows both the mountain’s (top) of Wonaruah country and the Ocean (bottom), encompassing the country traveled, as youth move towards embracing their 100% Knights - DEADLY future!
ARTWORK - Malang together
This painting depicts the communities of East Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Region. In particular it endeavors to capture the essence of Biala (Place of Understanding) Community Centre, which is represented by the large circle (supporting all other circles) at the very centre of the artwork.
The interwoven, expanding circles overlapping Biala speak of valuable and strong community links and partnerships, welcoming peoples from all backgrounds.
The four flowing lines bordering Biala and running across the canvas are kaling (water). The bottom left representative of our Pacific O’ cean and top right depicting Ninkinba (Lake Macquarie).
The vertical lines that run right through the entire painting depict family groups and their relationship to Country and community. This artwork is aboutunity with our communities and sharing the journey Together!
ARTWORK - Meyapliko Malang
This artwork tells the story of Newcastle’s (Muloobinba) City Councils’ Indigenous employment strategy, highlighting councils’ relationship to the local Indigenous community and the pathways into employment opportunities. The central figure of bright yellow has at Its centre a large meeting circle depicting the Council community, which is connected to three pathways leading to Local Aboriginal Land Councils that sit within.
Councils boundaries. Awabakal on the South East , Worimi to the North East and Mindaribba to the West. The bright yellow used here symbolises hope. The small multi-coloured circles within the figure linking the council to community land councils have a twofold meaning: Firstly that demonstrate the pathways into council employment created and secondly they signify the people who work across the entities in building access to employment under the strategy.
The many red/brown circles, connected by a continuous pathway, surrounding the strategy diagram depict Aboriginal communities and clan groups across the region. This pathway is directly connected to Council’s Indigenous employment strategy depicted by the dark red vivid lines. Framing this we see blue and green waves of water which represent Newcastle’s (Muloobimba) beautiful beachfront location and the Hunter (Coquon) River, which intertwines throughout the countries depicted in the artwork.
MURAL - Koikalingba - Ward K2 John Hunter Hospital
This mural is a celebration of pregnancy, birth and family. The artwork commences with the Emu woman, a symbol of fertility and found on the 'Map Site', located west of Newcastle in Yengo National Park. She stands upon Mount Yengo, a highly significant place for Aboriginal people, as the flat top of the mountain in the dreaming is where the creator Biami stepped during creation. The emu women's middle finger points out the shape of the ridge, which leads the way to local traditional birthing caves, just as she points toward K2 in this mural. The hand prints on this piece are symbolic of mothers and babies and their connection to K2.
Close by are eight circles flowing down the right of the mural, eight signifies 'New Beginnings’, while these symbols are representative of women meeting together to share the pregnancy journey. The ridge continues and passes through 5 overlapping circles representing Aboriginal communities across the Hunter.
The Emu woman’s ridge line flows into a central image in the work. Depicting K2 at its centre the innermost meeting symbol is closely bordered by pathways linked to the Hunter communities. This circle opens up and spread out across the artwork moving into the second circle of symbols depicting mother and child. These prints are representative of new babies by illustrating’ tribal totems including: Echidna, Kangaroo, Goanna, Eagle, Dingo, Wombat and the Emu all shown in the work. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are bestowed totems from an early age. These totems can be bird, reptile, animal or fish and is an object or thing in nature that is adopted as a family or clan emblem.
MURAL - Konara Malang - Family Together
The artwork tells the story of families (konara) and children (bobong) from across our region coming together (malang) in partnership and connection with maternity out patience as women (nukang) move through their pregnancy journey. The eight circles flowing down the right of the mural (8 signifying ‘New Beginnings’) are traditional symbols for women meeting together.
The main image on the right of the mural depicts a wonderful traditional place within the Hunter. This site is a picture of beauty and harmony and also where woman, along with families come together. The many bush flowers and flowering trees found in abundance at this peaceful and happy place signify Hope and Life, mirroring the expectancy and joy of pregnancy. A lovely creek bed, home to a multitude of wildlife weaves through the site and this is portrayed by the water way and bowan (wetland birds).
The open arms of the tree extend out to embrace the communities, as it turns into the colourful and vibrant rainbow serpent, which is culturally associated with fertility and abundance, as well as the organisation of the community and the keeping of peace.
The blue ribbon surrounding the snake on the left of the mural symbolises the beautiful country in which we live, as it depicts both the East Coast and the Hunter River. The five circles to the left of the mural represent (Yarnteen) all the Aboriginal communities across the Hunter with particular reference to 5 significant groups including: Wonaruah, Worimi, Awabakal, Mindaribba andKaruah. The expanding rings of these circles represent family’s growth and future generations.
LOGO - Koori Kinnections Logo 2014The 'Koori Kinnections' logo commissioned by Family and Community Services (FACS) in 2014, tells the story of FACS coming together and working alongside Aboriginal people and communities.
The artwork is featured in the FACS Aboriginal Strategy 2013-15, Better outcomes for Aboriginal People and Communities document and as icons on the departments Koori Kinnections internal program.
LOGO - Ability Links
This artwork is a visual footprint of the Ability Links program across NSW. The three cultural symbols for people linked together and central to the workhave a twofold meaning:
They highlight the three main stakeholders in the program, people with disability, their families and carers and depict linkers working alongside people and communities.
The expanding circles within the peoples’ heads culturally symbolize meeting place and in this piece represents the coming together (meeting) of people across community to help achieve linker members’ personal goals. The figures sit on top of interwoven circles which represent the many tribal groups of the NSW communities across the state.
The central red circle represents the Heart of this program and its values of quality, trust, respect, understanding and cultural appropriateness, while the 27 small circles sitting within the 3 people figures symbolize the 27 Aboriginal identified Linkers within local communities across NSW.
I am happy to discuss your requirements and answer question relating to your project as you consider commissioning me to bring your artwork vision to reality. Should you wish to provide me with an image of your space(s) and some ideas and concepts you are working with, it would be my pleasure to provide you with an initial design concept and quotation.
I have had the pleasure of working with various organisations and individuals to create uniquely linked personal artwork, meeting specific requirements and telling stories through contemporary art and design.
Commissioning an artwork is an exciting and collaborative process with time invested in obtaining a thorough brief to ensure your vision is realised. I have wide-ranging experience in creating site-specific artwork for both residential and commercial spaces.
When pricing my artwork I factor in the dimensions of the work, the costs of the material to be used and the labor intercity of the techniques and processes that will be employed in creating the work.
Once a decision is made to move forward with a design a 25% deposit is required to enable us to proceed.
Please contact me should you wish to discuss your project.