Sue is a
respected artist with many years experience in a number of mediums and
styles. Sue's artistic expertise covers everything from oil paintings,
murals, to pen and ink engravings.
Sue is an experienced artist and illustrator who has the ability to visually
enhance historical documentation so that the reader can see what was recorded
so long ago. She turns words into pictures. This ability enables children
to understand what Tasmanian Aboriginal culture was like when the Traditional
Ancestors were alive.
was asked to illustrate the following book because Worawee liked my
art work, and she felt that I had an artistic style that could best
visualise how she was rediscovering the Traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal
People's lifestyle. I am a woman of English birth, but I am also the
mother of Aboriginal children. The children's father is a child from
a free Aboriginal woman whose genealogy is lost in the shame factor
of Tasmania's past.
my pictures I have tried to give a realistic interpretation of the
written accounts according to how the early Europeans would have seen
the Traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal People before their way of life
was taken from them. It is impossible to know exactly how they really
lived and what their every day utentsils were like.
have used the knowledge shared with me by Worawee, and by interpreting
her knowledge of the environment in past times and European accounts.
I feel that we have visualised a lifestyle without the stereotype
that is so often reproduced by non-Aboriginal writers and illustrators."