Born in Taree NSW (Biripi People) my parents lived on the old bar road near the aboriginal settlement of Purfleet at the time I was born. At the age of two my parents separated and I was left with my grandparents to raise me. They lived at a place called Nabiac about twenty miles south of Taree.
Shortly after that time, we moved to a place called Elands up on the top of the Great Dividing Range about forty miles west of Taree. This was a very isolate area out in the bush. We had no close neighbours and only went to town (Taree) about once a month. This is where I spent most of my childhood until I ran away from home at the age of sixteen.
I always knew I had indigenous ancestry but was never allowed to talk about it while growing up. When I asked questions about family background I was told “if you ask questions about that the government will take you away and put you in a home because of the white Australia policy”. That used to scare me but I had no idea what that meant.
My interest in art has been with me all my life. I have always admired the work of Albert Namajira and he has been my inspiration. Until the last few years I never had the chance to do art. After going through a crisis in my life I found that art has been my best therapy. My work centres on nature, animals and creation.
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