Maria Christine Jarrett (deceased)

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“I am a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr Tribe (Nambucca Heads)

I began painting some 15 years or more ago when I was attending the Muurrbay Language Centre.

I work with very fine lines – I 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 used to fish with ‘Santa Clause beetles’ or cicada’s and catch mullet, blackfish, bream, whiting and eels.”

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Verqelle Fisher

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Verquelle Fisher was born on the 14th October, 1972 and is a member of the Ghungalu tribe.

“In my culture we used to travel up to Blackdown Tablelands every year to camp and dance.  My Aunties all used to paint so I was introduced to painting very early on.  When I moved down to Biripi country and started my family, my creativity was put on hold.  Now that my children are older, I have been able to reconnect with my art practice. I enrolled at Wauchope TAFE in Aboriginal Art & Cultural Practice in 2016 and I am passionate about sharing my history and culture through my artwork.”

Lisa Travers

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lisa-travers-comLisa Travers is a Biripi Artist.

“I am a 44 year old Biripi woman married to a Kamilaroi man and have 3 children.  I began painting roughly 14 years ago inspired by my mother’s art. Growing up in North Western NSW (Narrabri) is where I get my love of earthy tones. I have recently discovered a more contemporary style, using more vivid colours whilst studying Certificate 4 in Aboriginal Art and Cultural Practices.

The kangaroo and emu were not only used for food but their whole carcasses were utilised by making clothing out of their hides and tools out of their bones.”

Angela Roberts

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“I am a Biripi woman and enjoy creating artworks from my place of being.  I have been attending Wauchope TAFE studying Aboriginal Art & Cultural Practice and hope to continue working across many mediums.”


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Jane Harbour

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Jane is a Normanton woman.  During the last 35 years she has moved around Queensland with her husband who was a stockman’s cook and they eventually settled in a little town called Lawnton.

Jane was introduced to painting about 10 years ago by Lloyd Hornsby. Lloyd has encouraged Jane to express her identity and to be proud of who she is. Today she works a lot with school children and is in high demand by several schools in the Moreton Bay region where she teaches beading and storytelling. While storytelling she speaks in her own language and interprets it back to the children in English. Jane is very popular with the school children and has started her own little business within community.

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