This painting is based on a photo of my family in our yard. We always had kids running around in our yard. The painting is also about memories of my mother, who was also grandmother, and who loved to hand down her stories to all the young ones. Stories of knowledge. It wasn't just with her own grandchildren but also with other children that she shared her stories. She was a leader and wouldn't let the kids be taken away. She travelled around fighting for the rights of our people.
I was born in Mooroopna Victoria, and I am a proud Yorta Yorta - Wurundjeri woman. I grew up in Shepparton, where I attended school up until, my teen years.
I went to Melbourne and worked as a telephonist, then went to Sydney NSW and worked for the Aboriginal medical service for 40 years then returned home to Shepparton.
I joined Kaiela Arts and I then realised my hidden feelings I had in art and the memories of my childhood. I do love working with the other Elders and exchanging stories, I think it’s important we pass our stories onto the younger generations.