Title: Ballardong Dreaming
Size: 150cm x 75cm
This painting depicts creation aspects of the Ballardong tribal area situated in the Wheatbelt area of Western Australia. The river represents the Ballardong-Avon River which flows throughout the Wheatbelt town of York, Western Australia and beyond. The bilya-river is associated to the Waagyl-Rainbow serpent a mythological being which is connected to the creation of the Ballardong area. The painting also reflects the creation of the water sources, mountains and the Noongar people of this area.
Title: The Creation - Scotch College Commission
Size: 220 cm x 60 cm
“This painting depicts the “Waagyl” a mythological creation being that the Nyoongar people of the south-west of Australia believe created the hills, valleys and waterways. The serpent further symbolises the connection between the people and the earth and water.”
Title: The Waagyl - Scentre Group Commission
Size: 150 cm x 100 cm
The Waagyl came out of the earth. Sometimes it went under the earth and sometimes it went over the earth and it made bilya (river/s), the kaart (hill/s) and ngamar (the waterhole/s)”. Noongar people also believed it created the Derbal Yiragan, (now known as the Swan River) which means, “where the estuary is filled up to by the winding river. It also made all the other waterways in Noongar boodjar. The Waagyl is the giver of life, he made the rivers, swamps, lakes and waterholes, he maintains the fresh water sources.”
Title: MercyCare Commission
Size: 120 cm x 90 cm
This painting is a geo-dreaming map and abstract expression of the local significant landmarks in the Perth metropolitan area. Depicted is the the ‘Derbarl Yerrigan’- Swan River, ‘Galup’ - Lake Monger, ‘Djarlgarra’ – Canning River, ‘Nigerup’ – Point Walter, ‘Kaarda Gerrup’ – Kings Park, ‘Moorda’ – Darling Ranges and ‘Walyalup’ - Fremantle. The Noongar people believed that during the dreaming the Wagyl-Rainbow Serpent a creation being formed the bed and hills of the ‘Derbarl Yerrigan’ - Swan River.
Title: A Safer Journey
Size: 90 cm x 60cm
“The painting ‘Safer Journey’ depicts the ‘Safer Australia’ company’s business journey from their establishment to the present day. The central circle represents their head office in Jandakot the two outer circles symbolise their interstate offices and the company’s growth over the last 23 years. The two lines extending from the centre represent the company’s connection to the sea, air and earth and their workplace commitment to safety within the oil and gas and mining sectors. The blue hues reflect the sea and sky and the greens, browns and yellow depicts the local surrounding environment in Jandakot, Western Australia.”
This painting depicts Rural Health West a local health agency’s 5 core organisational values.
Title: Dolphin Dreaming
Size: 40 cm diameter
“This painting depicts the dolphins of Perth, Western Australia. Dolphins were known to drive schools of fish into the fishtraps built along the Swan River for the Whadjuk people thus providing a great source of food.”
Title: The Healing Tree
Size: 80 cm diameter
”The painting depicts the Yorgum (Eucalyptus) tree in the moonlight (Meeka). It also signifies the connection Noongar people had with the land and how they utilised the surround plant life for its healing properties. ”
Title: Waterhole Dreaming
Size: 60 cm x 60 cm
“Traditionally Noongar people relied on various water sources which included rivers, lakes, springs and waterholes for survival. These waterholes or 'Gnamma‘, have been described as ‘cavities in hard rock’, were important for the survival of Noongar people due to the semi-nomadic lifestyle and harsh environment.
These waterholes were connected by flowing underground-water currents and their locations kept secret by the local inhabitants due to the waterholes sacred connection to the Waagyl-Rainbow Serpent.
This painting represents four interconnected 'Gnamma-holes' and the surrounding terrain and wildlife. It also depicts the Waagyl-Rainbow as the creator and spirit of these freshwater sources.”
Title: Noorn Boodjah
Size: 50 cm x 50 cm
“This painting depicts the black snake – Noorn that dwells in the South-west of Australia. The surrounding dot work represents the wildflowers that grow during the Noongar season ‘Kambarang - Springtime’ when the reptiles emerge from hibernation.”
This piece of was commissioned by Lockton Insurance Brokers in Leederville, Western Australia. It was specifically designed for their Reconciliation Action Plan which was published in 2016.