In Aboriginal culture we have different stories and different designs, as you can see from the line work in this painting, representing the culture of South Eastern Australia. I don't paint dots, they are from another area and that's about cultural respect. In this artwork, we have a main meeting place in the middle and walking tracks. Looking at it from a distance, it looks like a cross and that represents the mission time of that area. As you can see there are articles and past designs that I have cut out, to share what I have been doing in my past, to bring that into today's world. I am a contemporary artist, but also use the old traditional ways of telling stories in my artworks. The hand prints represent all different cultures in Australia and colours. We have Borun, the pelican, an Aboriginal Dreaming story from the South East. We have Bundi, spears, shields and artifacts that you would see in museums and galleries today, so in my painting I am bringing back old ways of making, my way, in today's world. By making it colourful, in a beautiful happy way. Colour makes me happy and hopefully it will make everyone happy and find a way to move forward and look after Country. All the designs I have depicted in my artworks are from South Eastern Australia.
Ronald Edwards Pepper