‘Art has always been part of our culture. We use it to identify ourselves as people and connect with the land and animals. Water represents Life to me. When there is no water, there is dryness. But the water brings everything back to Life.’
‘I remember going to the art centre at Spinifex Hill [Studios] in South Hedland and talking to my father (Nyaparu William Gardiner dec.). I said “Dad, can I paint dots on my painting?” He said “No!” When I asked why, he told me not to paint dots because I might end up painting another man’s country and you aren’t allowed to do that.
So I took my father’s advice and found my own way of painting. It’s “Nngapa”, which means ‘water’ or ‘flood’ in the English language. So everyone in my family does their own style of painting.