Back in the Dreamtime, Australia, the land of many colours. In the Dreamtime Aboriginal people looked after the land, they survive off the land. As you can see I have painted Uluru. It's time to start the conversation about giving back Country. It represents the time Country was given back to the Traditional Owners of the area, an important milestone in Australian history, how to do things right in a positive way and to move forward.
As you can see the moon is in the background in the distance and it is the night time, the Dreamtime. You can see the emu emerging in the sky and that's the Dreaming that takes you back to Aboriginal people living on Country and traditional ways. When you see the starry night, you see the same thing. Looking at the sky is like another map in Country. Aboriginal people know what season it is and which way to go, when it is time to travel along Country. The seasons and the stars give direction, where to go to find food and meet for ceremony at certain times. I see it all starting from this place.
You can see the rain on each side, and it is colourful, it is bringing the colour to Country.
I have also painted Australia, how we look at Australia now. Over the years it would have looked different. Now there are floods, fires and mother Earth is sick. Aboriginal people look after the land, knowing how to share and live with others. So it's time to think about life and look after Country and share and be happy to move forward for the next generation.
Ronald Edwards Pepper