Black Snake Distillery commissioned Mavis Stone, a local artist, to create a visual experience that places the black snake within the geography of the Kamilaroi people as well as the newer images of the agave in the local area.
Mavis was born in Goondiwindi and raised on Toomelah Mission. In the early 1990’s Mavis gained a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts at Newcastle University and later a Certificate IV in both Workplace Assessment and in Aboriginal Art and Cultural Practices. She went on to teach at TAFE and with Corrective Services for over 11 years.
Mavis says that she wanted to learn more about her own culture and apply that learning to her artwork. She is still experimenting with patterns, colours and other mediums as her style continues to develop.
Mavis is still pursuing her artwork from her home in Kootingal NSW and says, “Art is a passion with endless possibilities.”
Ngurray – Black Snake
This painting is designed and based on the Black Snake and the Local Environment around Narrabri NSW.
The Trees represent the Piliga Forest in the surrounding area and is Culturally Significant to the Kamilaroi peoples.
The dots of various sizes and colours represent the diverse landscapes hence, Rocky Outcrops, Mountain Range and Flat Plains of the area. Mount Kaputar is featured in the top right corner.
The smaller dots in the painting are the Kamilaroi and Newell Highways passing through the town.
The Blue flowing through the painting is the forked waterways of the Namoi River and the Narrabri Creek.
The small yellow circles represent the local flora around the area another important feature to the local peoples. The Blue/Grey smaller plants are the agave.