Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"My artwork is inspired by my connections to my Aboriginal culture and the landscapes and environments that bring me joy.
Symbols in my artwork represent family and friends meeting together sharing stories and supporting each other. The flow and colour of the artwork represents the ocean, my Country landscapes and the rivers and waterholes of my Country."
Maria Watson-Trudgett's paintings express her connections to her Aboriginal culture, in contemporary expressions of now!
Maria describes herself as a proud Koori woman and ‘fresh water girl' of the Wiradyuri people. She is a storyteller and self-taught artist.
Painting quietens Maria's mind and supports her to connect with her Culture, Country and Ancestors. Painting creates a sense of belonging and strengthens her Aboriginal identity.
Maria paints stories of her Culture and the landscapes of her Country. For her, ‘Country’ is all things; it is a place of belonging and a way of life. Country incorporates rivers, creeks, waterholes, hills, valleys, plants, and animals. Country embraces the seasons, constellations of the sky, community obligations and family connections. These elements are reflected throughout some of Maria's artworks.