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Our Artists

Wendy Pawley

Wendy Pawley is from the Kamilaroi - Gomeroi, Gamilaraay people of Narrabri NSW. The meaning of Narrabri / Nurraburai is “Place of Forked Waters”. Wendy’s mother (the late) Mrs Noeleen Saunders (nee Trindall) was a widely known respected Traditional Owner of Narrabri and surrounding areas. Wendy paints her “Mother’s Country” predominantly the ancient spectacular rugged mountains of The Nandewar Ranges Ninghdoo, Kaputah, Yulludunida and Yulludanda that rise majestically above the Namoi Valley. The range is the remnants of an eroded basaltic shield volcano that formed about 18 million years ago, the volcanic plug in Gamilaaray language is called Ninghdoo / Nungadhun (pronounced locally as Ningy-doo). The Mount Kaputah area is included in Mount Kaputah National Park.

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Alisha Pawley

Alisha Pawley is from the Gomeroi / Kamilaroi people of Narrabri NSW, her Grandmother Mrs Noeleen (nee Trindall) Saunders (deceased) was a well known respected Elder in the Aboriginal and wider community.

Born in Brisbane Qld in 1993, Alisha grew up on the Central Coast NSW with her parents George, Wendy and brother Jase. She attended Bateau Bay Primary School, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus and The Entrance Senior Campus, Central Coast Adventist School and The University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus.

As well as being an artist Alisha is also a talented musician, she is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and vocalist. Performances include Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (TLSC) Community Education Awards, Grade 10 Presentation Ceremony, Tumbi Umbi Junior Campus School Presentation Ceremony, Aboriginal Awards, Tumbi Rocks, NAIDOC WEEK 2007 Nunyara Cultural Day and Central Coast Conservatorium of Music 2010 Aboriginal Scholarship.

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Graham Kenyon 

Graham is a Limilngan-Wulna and Wairi senior elder and has been painting since a small child. Graham worked as a Park Ranger for 14 years before starting his own cultural tourism business www.pudakul.com.au

Graham is involved with the Kakadu Board of Management and a member of the Northern Land Council. Graham spent all of his life growing up in the bush and he continues to pass his knowledge onto his four daughters and grandchildren.

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Merryn is from the Western Arrernte people Alice Springs. She is from the stolen generation and reconnected with her family 35 years ago. Merryn has worked in Aboriginal affairs for over 30 years at grass roots level and in government, advocating for her people. A business owner on the Sunshine Coast QLD, she is the recipient of the Centenary medal for her services to Aboriginal community in Victoria and won the “Women Means Business biennial award in 2009. A recognised artist with art hanging all over the world, Merryn paints her journey and captures the memory of the beautiful country that runs through her veins. Honouring her countrymen and painting the strong women as well as the colours of the desert, flowers, waterholes and her people sitting on country.

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Aboriginal Artist, Susan Betts, has been painting and designing for many years. “Wiyana (Woman) Spirit One Creative”is her art and design name. Susan Cultural ties are with the “Wirangu, Mirning & Kokatha” people of the Far-West Coast of South Australia. Susan, paints & designs images which express her connection to her “Culture, Country, Spirit” She also does cultural painting workshops with an intention to teach all about Aboriginal art, culture, design, healing stories and colours connect her to the heart of her Country. If you have any more enquires about Wiyana Spirit One Creative Art, please feel free to contact her Susan Betts Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Kathleen is an accomplished entrepreneur, artist, designer and poet, of Pitatjantjara/Western Arrernte, Scottish and English descent.  Her mother's country is the South West Petermann Ranges, with storylines that extend to Uluru.  Born in Alice Springs, she spent her formative years living in Queensland with her brother and sister in the care of their father.  In 1980 when Kathleen was 10 years old, the siblings returned to Central Australia to live with their mother and their people.

Kathleen began painting alongside her sister Julie Page in 1993.  Kathleen's artworks are a joyful celebration of her Indigenous heritage and also reflect life stories of her two sons growing up on their father's country west of Alice Springs.  This is also the location of the famous Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio, where she produces and sends beautiful all over Australia and the world.

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Aboriginal artist, Julie Paige was born in Alice Springs Central Australia from the language area of Umutju-South West Peterman-West of Uluru. She has been painting for over 30 years for various galleries and private buyers, designed t-shirts and been commissioned for large murals. Many of her works have been sent both interstate and overseas to Europe, America, Germany and Canada. Julie was taught by her mother and aunt where she mainly paints dots from Central Australia, using acrylics on all types of mediums including leather, ceramics and canvas. Her stories are told using traditional symbols throughout her work, passed down from her grandmothers. Something that is important to Julie is passing down her knowledge and skills to her children, as well as school kids. It is here that she teaches them about traditional paintings and the stories behind them.

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