I am a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr Tribe (Nambucca Heads)
Maria says of her work ‘I began painting some 5 years or more when I was attending the Muurrbay language centre.
I work with very fine lines and had to walk all over Sydney looking for the right brush.
I am a perfectionist and if I make a mistake or am not happy with the lines, I wipe them off and start again’ I find painting very relaxing.
My stories are about my life and living near the water. I use to go fishing in both saltwater and freshwater with my sister who has since passed away. We use to fish with ‘Santa Clause beetles’ or cicada’s and catch mullet, blackfish, bream, whiting and eels.