My name is Annette Louise Kennedy. I am a 70 year old young minded proud Wiradjuri woman. I was born and raised in the inner suburb of Erskineville NSW. Although being a fair skin Koori I was raised with the knowledge of who I am and where I came from with many ties to country and family. My totem is the Goanna. The Goanna features pre dominantly in Aboriginal mythology (and or Dreaming stories) and Australian Folklore. “Being predatory lizards, goannas are quite large, or at least bulky, with teeth and claws” Goanna – Wikipedia 20.8.20.
In my case the Goanna represents a spiritual significance, a scared symbol that represents my mob within our very large nation. My journey as an artist began when my friend and mentor Madeline Hooker, a traditional Aboriginal woman, was teaching art at Gosford TAFE, which was a stepping stone for me to attend Deakin University, gaining 2 degrees back to back in the Contemporary Visual Arts. l artist I prefer to paint in two genres being both Aboriginal Art and Abstract Art. My choice of mediums are canvas, watercolour paper, acrylic paints and pigmented artist ink.