Jay is a proud Wiradjuri man living on Gumbanggirr Country. To him his art is a connection to his ancestors and a way in which he can express his relationship and deep respect for country. Jay had felt displaced from his Aboriginal family as he grew up. The journey he has taken back to his roots has been closely intertwined with his artworks. Art can be a beautiful escape, it can also a path to deep healing.
His work reflects his strong connection to country, in particular the coastal landscapes in which he has grown up along side of. The other aspects of Jay’s work, depicts emotional relationships people have with themselves, others and country.
“For me, painting is a channel of connection to my ancestors, history and this great land. I have the highest respect for my culture and am humbled and proud to be able to connect with others, spread awareness and express myself through my artwork”