N’Dene Riley is an emerging artist best known for her luminant imagery of the ocean and sea life. With ancestry from the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, she now resides on the Mornington Peninsula. Her relationship with the land and the water informs her work, seeking tribute to the strength and beauty of the ocean along with its healing powers. She draws on her connection to her ancestors and the stories passed down about how to respect and care for the ocean. Through the use of circles and symbols, she portrays a connectedness between all living things. Working mainly with acrylic on canvas, N’Dene imparts a unique message of hope and positivity with every painting.
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
160cm x 170cm
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"I hold in my heart the stories of my Grandparents living along the beaches burying their belongings in the sand for protection. They travelled around and returned to collect these items at each beach. This practise reminds me to look at the sand as not just a source of fun and enjoyment, but as a historic place where old treasures may still be. In this painting I am imagining all the wonderous shells, driftwood, mussels, fish and many types of treasures around that my Ancestors saw.
My hope is that this painting inspires you and your people to look at all the beautiful sea life and keep respecting the environment"