Wendy Scott

I was born in Barcaldine; my family has resided in this small community for many years. It’s a place I call home.

I started painting in 2006. I began painting with acrylic through the local organisation, Central West Aboriginal Corporation that I am employed with. My acrylic artwork then began to grow; I now do ceramics as well. My subjects or ideas when painting are about the rainbow serpent, which is a snake. I use the snake as a representation of my mother’s story. She shared this story with me many years ago. Now this allows me to understand the connection to country. The connection between our ancestors and mother earth.

The rainbow serpent is a legendary dreamtime story that all aboriginal people know. The rainbow serpent made all the rivers providing all the pathways in life. Pathways connecting other tribes and trading lines. I also paint Emu’s as a symbol of my totem. A totem is given to us when we are born. Showing that we are a representative of a certain tribe. By having a totem we are preserving an animal from becoming extinct. Our language group is Bidjara, which is the area from which our family originated from. My language name given is NGAI YUNGAMULLI which means my mother’s spirit.

I like to paint as it takes me to a relaxing place, brings me to a place of belonging and a place where I can connect with the elders. Sharing their stories and their knowledge through my artwork.

Since 2006 I have entered in (3) three exhibitions. One in cairns and (2) two in Longreach at the Stockman’s Hall Of Fame. My artwork has inspired me to try other mediums. Therefore I have gained experience in screen painting, silk painting, sand painting and ceramics.

My ambition as an artist is to encourage other Aboriginal people to express themselves through art and to also do it for a form of relaxation. My inspiration to become an artist was from my family, my mother Margo, my sister Phyllis and cousin Janeece. So now I encourage others to do the same.

Phyllis Heumiller

I am a self-taught Bidjara/ Jagalingu, 60 something year old proud woman, who was born in Longreach and raised in Barcaldine where my family are from. My traditional name “Thoongayne”, meaning (shy one), was given to me by my Grandmother “Goordahl”, (meaning white owl), Annie Frazer.

My work is inspired by personal experiences and stories. A great way to express my innermost emotions and also the history of my people, culture, traditions, lore, spirituality and how I perceive all of those. My inspiration is my love of who I am, where I come from and what I and my family have achieved.

My work is a mixture of contemporary and traditional art and to me is very spiritual. My technique is similar to the art work found in this district and as far away as Carnarvon Gorge. Also I like to incorporate a bit of Australiana into my paintings as well because that’s who I am.

Madonna Dwyer

My name is Madonna Dwyer (nee Thompson) I am from Barcaldine. My Dad is an Aborigine and My Mum is White Australian. I was born in 1970 at Barcaldine Hospital, Queensland then I went to Grade 12 at Barcaldine State School. I have come back home to Barcy after a marriage breakdown and living in the Northern Territory for 11 years.

I started painting in April 2012 when my cousin the Manager of the Central West Aboriginal Co asked me if I would like to work as a Support Artist, I said “I would love to but one problem I cannot draw a stick figure”, I have made a lot of progress since then. I have taught myself to paint but would love to learn techniques like mixing and blending of colours and how to draw. I have found YouTube very interesting for tips on how to do stuff.

I have had a few ceramic pieces and a Painting in our Pop-Up Shop in Cairns during the 2012 Indigenous Festival and as well in the Longreach Hall of Fame in early 2013 where I sold my first piece of ceramic, which was a fantastic feeling. All my Art work is at The Central West Aboriginal Co Pop-Up Shop Oak Street Barcaldine Queensland or at The Red Shed Boree Street Barcaldine Qld.

As an emerging artist, I find inspiration from my evolving work, and encourages me as my confidence grows with each brush stroke. Giving me the confidence to show my works in public. I am still experimenting with various techniques as I learn more about how to paint and sketch.

Jamie Passmore

I was born in the mid 80’S, in Barcaldine, a small town in Central West Queensland. I am an 8th generation Bidjara woman residing here in Barcaldine and my mother Phyllis (thoongayne; shy one) is the elder for our family out here.

Growing up in the outback has its ups and down, more ups in my opinion; visually, emotionally and spiritually it’s the perfect atmosphere to be raised. The only downside is that there are fewer opportunities offered to rural people, especially being an artist, the avenues to perfect, learn or gain exposure for the craft are harder to access.

I do, however, feel that this is changing and more rural artists are being seen and heard and are able to follow their dreams. The ‘My Earth Calls’ exhibition in Longreach is a great stepping stone and will be my very first exhibition. I have shown and sold some of my art through other channels with working for the Central west Aboriginal Corporation, be it in our local shop front displaying all the local Indigenous talent or through Pop Up shops in various communities around the region or in Cairns.

Going to school I was always a very hands on student, and loved doing arts and crafts. My favourite High School subjects at Barcaldine State School were English and Art, because they provided me with the tools I needed to express my thoughts and emotions in a way that is both visually appealing and told a story the way I want.

The aspiration to pursue art never really left me after graduating School in 2003 but because of family responsibilities I chose a different path and art was just a hobby. Today, working for the Central West Aboriginal Corporation I am finally able to commit to doing my art more frequently and gain the experience I need to further myself in this area. Without their support I don’t think I would have the confidence to even paint and sell my work or try out other mediums.

During my artistic journey I have explored a range of different mediums, including ceramics, pencil portraits, lino printing, traditional aboriginal canvas painting, abstract canvas painting with acrylics, and acrylic realism painting to hone in on where my style lies, but I am not just one style, I like to mix it up depending on what I want to portray and express.

My current works are abstract/realism acrylic canvas paintings, pencil portraits, as well as lino printing and ceramic pieces, depicting my indigenous spirituality and the elders stories with which I grew up on.

Graham ‘Nudge’ Blacklock

Nudge was born in 1958 in Guyra, NSW. He is a descendant of the Biripi People from Port Macquarie in Northern NSW and the Ngarabal People from Glen Innes and Tingha. Nudge is part of the new generation of Australian Indigenous Painrers who have developed their Art as a personal reaction to their country, history and Culture and have modified aspects of their tradition for a more individual expression.

Darryl Frazer

My name is Darryl Frazer I’m 35 years of age, I was born and raised in Barcaldine, Central West Queensland. I am the son of Ronald Frazer and Lynnette Hite and I’m the youngest of four. My ancestors are the Bidjara people from around the Springsure area. My family was relocated to Barcaldine and has taken residence in this community for many years.

I have been doing art for half of my life and I like to represent my culture through my artwork. I like to paint traditional animals such as Kangaroos, emus, goannas, rainbow serpent and stars. I like to paint the rainbow serpent as it’s one of our most significant dreamtime legends. The rainbow serpent travelled this country making rivers, pathways, hills, mountains and so much more. This is where my love to paint landscape comes from, knowing my culture and country and the connection between the two.

I am currently working for the Central West Aboriginal Corporation and have been employed with this organisation as a part time artist for 6 years. Within this time I have gained experience in ceramics, woodwork, silk painting, lino printing, sand painting, screen printing, sculpturing and drawing. With this experience I want to inspire others to feel free to express themselves through their art work.

I was inspired to paint from my older brother Christopher Frazer.

Janeece Thompson

My name is Janeece Thompson and I was born and raised in my home town Barcaldine. Everyone generally know me as “Gounge” meaning waterlily. I received this name when I was born, it was given to me by my father Roy Thompson. My dad was born at a well-known family place called “Lake Dolly”. Lake Dolly is a fresh water lake that has waterlilies growing in it. I am only a beginner artist as I have been inspired by all my work colleges. I admire their interpretation, expressions and meanings of what their stories are all about. Growing up and seeing how much talent my mum had also made me interested in art and different mediums. I watched mum attend many different things like ceramics, patch work, knitting, sewing etc.

I know that art can be presented in so many ways and I admire every one of them. Since I became an artist myself I find that when I’m painting it gives me an opportunity to immerse myself into my paintings.

Aaron Blades

I am a 30 year old self taught artist, I have been painting for 15 years and continue to explore and fine tune my ability to produce high quality Artworks so that I may share my culture and stories with the world.

My style contains contemporary fusion art along with Traditional aspects with images that relate and connect me to my family and also to my spritual and cultural heritage.

I have been contracted to provide Art Works by corporate businesses, community organisations and individual collectors both overseas and in Australia.

Predominantly my artwork is completed on canvas, however I have engaged in mural presentations for Schools and other Community organisations as well as materials such as wood, furniture and governent corrospondence to translate my vision, life experiences and stories handed down my Elders.

My trademark signature of ‘spirits’ which can be found be found in most of my paintings represent who I am and my connection to family, anscestors and traditional lands of the Mandandanji people.