Growing up Steven would go crabbing, fishing & oystering with his Uncles and Brothers, he always loved being near the water and continues to share that passion with his children & partner. His inspiration to start painting came from growing up watching his aunties, uncles and cousins create amazing Indigenous artwork. Steven’s love for art wasn't only because of the strong passion for his Aboriginal culture, but also gives him healing and coping mechanisms to express himself through his artwork.
Zoey Hart is a proud Bundjalung man from northern NSW. He has been painting as a hobby for over 15 yrs as a way stay connected to his culture & heritage and being able to pass this knowledge along to his children and their children.
Contemporary Aboriginal Artist and teacher, Holly Sanders, is a proud Bundjalung womanfrom the North Coast NSW who is currently based on Yuin Country, South Coast NSW.Through her art, she aims to share her stories, culture and Country in a contemporaryway. The patterns of her Saltwater Country motivate her, as do stories from the past.The colours and patterns utilised in her art are a reflection of her connection to Country and used to develop a modern interpretation of her Aboriginal culture. Painting is important for her identity, wellbeing and expresses the way she understands and respects her culture, ancestors and Country.“I always look to Country- the land, the sky and the sea- and use these images, stories and memories to paint. I use my art to tell the story of my Country and ancestors because I want to be able to share and celebrate my culture in a contemporary way with everyone”.
Shara Delaney is a descendant of the Ngari Nunagal, Goenbal, Ngugi clan groups of Quandamooka Country, which is located on the east coast of Brisbane. Shara grew up in the Redlands and always maintained her connection to country. She finds the importance of belonging and having with the land and sea. Having a sense of community has always been important to Shara. Being able to engage with community through art as a cultural practice brings her joy. Shara is an artist from the Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery on Minjerribah. Through the gallery she is able to engage with community through workshops, art markets and the Quandamooka Festival. Shara has done a mural at the Cleveland Library through Redland City Council about saltwater country and a wall mural in one of the birthing suites in the Redland Hospital. As a mother she now tries to teach culture to her daughter through art and storytelling.
Bundjalung Artist and Graphic Designer, Christine Slabb. As the Tweed River and the Pacific Ocean surround her small coastal town, Christine and her family live a beautiful and authentic saltwater lifestyle. Christine's inspiration comes from her strong connection to her local environment and community.A strong connection to the environment brings cultural stories, cultural practices and saltwater to life. Christine has always held a passion for art and design which led her to study Art and Graphic Design after raising a family. Her career has seen her collaborate with many Australian Businesses, Sporting Teams, Government Agencies and many Community Projects. "Being from a coastal group of Aboriginal people we have a strong affiliation with the sea and all of its richness and resources. A lot of my designs are inspired by the coastal lifestyle that we are connected to".-Christine Slabb