Daisy Hill is an Aboriginal artist located on the Gold Coast.
She is a wife and mother of two exploring the connection to her people through her artworks. Daisy paints intuitively, the same way her ancestors did. The stories come to her and the dots flow organically.
Daisy feels an overwhelming connectedness to her thoughts, feelings and spirit when she paints. She describes the painting process as being meditative and deeply spiritual. She has a passion to tell stories and strives to keep the traditions of her people alive.
“It is a way for me to feel connected to the Motherland - the trees, the water, the sand, the sun, the earth and the animals. It's a way for me to convey the beauty I see in all things. A way for me to express my gratitude and to acknowledge the Country I am walking, living and breathing. I feel so grateful that people want to invest in me and my culture,” says Daisy.
She is a proud descendant of the Muruwari people and shares her Aboriginal culture and history with the world through her paintings. Muruwari mob have links to both NW NSW and Central Desert with a rich history of dot painting, emu egg carving, boomerang, woganurra (battle axe), lil lil (throwing stick) and nulla nulla (fighting club) carving. Daisy's art style can be described as intuitive and contemporary. She paints using the traditional art form of her mob (dot painting) and uses a combination of Aboriginal language symbols along with her own interpretations to tell stories.
(*Daisy does not paint Dreaming stories she is not a Custodian of).
DAISY’S UNIQUE CREATION PROCESS
Daisy’s freehand designs and meticulously detailed artworks can take up to 40 hours to complete.
Her intricate dot patterns are inspired by the knowledge and stories passed down from her people dating back thousands of years.
Daisy will often incorporate sanctified Aboriginal symbols in her artworks to convey special meanings.
For commissioned pieces, Daisy takes time to understand her client’s tastes, aesthetic preferences, colour preferences and interests to create a piece that’s completely personal, unique and meaningful to them.
Each artwork includes a card that Daisy uses to wipe her dotting stick during the creation process, with the meaning and story behind the art piece on it. Daisy also includes a hand painted seed pod from the Leopard tree - a special connection to Country for the client to keep.
DAISY’S FAMILY HISTORY
Daisy’s great-grandfather, William ‘Deucem’ Smith was born of the Muruwari Aboriginal tribe in Cunnamulla, New South Wales, Australia in 1896. Rated as one of the greatest sheep shearers in the world, he eclipsed records and was regarded as more than a champion - a phenomenon. In April 2005, Deucem was inducted into the Australian Shearer's Hall of Fame in Hay, NSW. The Hall of Fame honours shearers with exceptional skill, character and contribution to the shearing industry. Nine shearers have been inducted into the hall of fame, Deucem so far being the sole Aboriginal. Daisy’s great grandmother, also Daisy (whom she was named after), migrated to Australia from London, England and married Deucem. Daisy and Deucem went on to have five children: Bill, Valerie, Shirley, Larry and Gordon. All of his boys became shearers, taught by their father. Valerie is Daisy’s Grandmother; her son Christopher is Daisy’s father.
LISTEN TO DAISY'S STORY
Daisy speaks to Vanessa Barrington from The Right Remark and talks about her journey of unlocking her calling to create as an Aboriginal dot painting artist.
She shares her views on the importance of her heritage, where she gets her inspiration and her unique creation process.