Sonny the Turtle
Eastern long-necked turtles help maintain the balance in aquatic ecosystems, so it’s important we look after them.
In 2007 I painted a turtle and named him Sonny. I remember showing this panting to my Great Nan, Dorothy Carroll. Nan was surprised to hear the name Sonny, she then told me stories about her and her cousin Sonny. They grew up on an Aboriginal reserve together in Yass called Hollywood - which was a place my family were forced to live, on the outskirts of the town. It blew my mind that my painting of Sonny the turtle was able to spark all these stories of Nan growing up on Country. I did this design to pay homage to all the different stories I grew up listening too from Nan.
Canvas print 40x60cm.