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.Shop Now
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.Shop Now
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.Shop Now
MERRYN APMA DALEY
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.Shop Now