Monday, February 3, 2014


As Australia heats up more and more, so does the Love Story of  Ned Kelly and Burka Woman.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Earth Science

What is Earth Science?
Earth Science is the study of earth and its neighbours in space.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Burka Strikes Gold

Burka Strikes Gold
Burka Woman was walking out among the trees beside the dry creek bed in her new home town of Natimuk one day, when she happened upon a strange metal object lying on the ground before her. She picked it up and held it up to the light, where it gleamed burning gold-orange secrets of fugitive love and perpetual persecution, of phantasmic liberty and embezzled culture...
and then she heard a kookaburra kook-kook kook-kook kook-kook kah-kah-kah kaaaah high in the tree above her, then another kookaburra kooka kaah-kaaahed kooka-kaah kaahed back from the next tree....a third kooka joined the cackle from a tree further down...and then the cockatoos flew in to land above, screeching, chattering, arguing, telling jokes...
Burka Woman settled in with her new Mask of Gold, the Merry Bush Symphony had begun.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ned and Burka, Lake Toolondo.

Burka Woman loved swimming in Lake Toolondo in the 1990s. It was the clearest water she had known for swimming, and soft too... like swimming in silk. It was easy to understand how the Toolondo Fishman imagined himself as a fish in such water, and she felt so sad that he died in his fishsuit while pursuing his dream. She hopes that he is a lucky happy fish in his next life. Here Burka invites Ned to join her on her island tree branch. Ned promises to take the plunge after finishing his ciggy.


Monday, December 3, 2012


Sister Paula      

b. May 8th, 1971            d. Dec 2nd, 2012 

May my sister soar freely in love and peace



Saturday, December 1, 2012

Burka and the Gang

 Ned Kelly's father arrived in Van Diemen's Land as a convict in 1842. 
Burka Woman's father had arrived in South Australia nearly four years before.


Wimmera Weekend

Love in the Grampians, Wimmera Victoria, Australia.

Enquiries:  Art Nomad SOLD

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ned and Burka in Broken Hill

Ned and Burka hung around for several weeks in Broken Hill. 
As the name implied, things seemed not quite right there at first. 

Birthplace to mining giants 
BHP and Rio Tinto 
Birthplace to trade unions
Broken Hill's history of violent clashes, 
desperate striking, towering white greed, rich burying poor.....
Ned and Burka read the death lists 
...over 800 names and how each man died
 so many accidents, deaths upon deaths, silver-fried tears
obscene stacks of money for the fortunate few
who "honour" the they're all dead
Just like our Ned, a hero when dead
red blood sand
art not words to document the stories
art making me shiver in the heat of the sun
white bone splintering through the skin of the shin
screaming in the middle of the freezing desert night
then forgotten
next evening with that enchanting light
slithering forever over silver-gold horizon...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Opening of the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi, 2013

"Opening of the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi, 2013"    Oil on canvas     41x51cm    2010

Ned and Burka Woman felt right at home at the Grand Opening of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, 2013. Ned suspected that Canadian-American architect, Frank Gehry, had modelled the stunning museum design on the lines of his own unique armour. And Burka Woman really enjoyed showing off the Sidney Nolan works of Ned Kelly to her female UAE friends.


Burka Woman reminded her good friend that while the 2009 Janasse "Chaupin" Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape was indeed a magnificent and noble wine being served at the Grand Opening, it was worth keeping in mind that its alcoholic content of 15% could have quite an intensive effect after downing a few.
"Guggenheim Opening II, Abu Dhabi, 2013"   Oil on canvas    25x20cm    2010


Thursday, November 3, 2011


Burka's sisters were very pleased to meet Ned at last. They had heard so much about him in Burka's letters, and trusted him as the right person to help them settle into a new way of life in Australia. 
Having survived a brutal invasion of their home country by the West, and the perilous journeys by leaky boats from one country to the next, staying over six months at a time in numerous open refugee camps, the three sisters finally made it to the designated secret Northern Australian island beach.
The sisters clung to each other, weeping silent tears of joy, sorrow and relief, before being whisked away to a safer meeting place.... out of sight from those people who would have them locked up for their heroic desperate efforts to choose life over death, safety over living in terror....


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just Another Nude

Ned and Burka spent over a week checking out the new Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi on their world tour. They particularly liked this painting in the contemporary art section of the museum, and were pleased to find it receiving so much encouraging feedback from the global public audience.


Friday, September 23, 2011

One for the Road

Ned and Burka liked to have a beer in the local pub before riding out of town to their next adventure. Burka loved cocktails more than any other alcoholic beverage, but she did agree with Ned that there are times and places where only beer will do.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Red Burka on Bike

Gift to E.A.Gleeson
Author of "Maisie and the Black Cat Band"
"Red Burka On Bike", a poem written after this painting. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


She screamed with all her might.


Jesus, I look like my mother!



Burka Woman was tired of being late all the time. 
She couldn't understand why Ned would spend so much time in front of the bathroom mirror before going out at night. He was quite insecure, often asking Burka if he looked strong and handsome  in his armour. Such neediness was unsexy. 
She decided at last to send him off into the desert, to sort his head out. It was very wise of her. Ned returned after six weeks, fearless and breezy, with restored confidence and zest for life. He and Burka built a new bath-house out of recycled timber and mudbrick, on the riverside lined with giant eucalypts and overlooking the calm water. Outdoor bath-houses are all the go for outlaws. 


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Deal

Ned appears to be listening to Burka as she outlines the pros and cons for making an offer on the Waler mare at the Wandiligong horse fair. Ned, however, is experiencing difficulty concentrating on Burka's reasoning, as he has recently given up smoking and is outlining in his own head the pros and cons of having one little drag of Burka's fag.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bon Voyage!

Both Ned and Burka were very happy to settle down together in the new country.


Ned uses phosphorescence to explain his life theories to Burka

Burka didn't mind Ned mansplaining the cosmos to her in such a stunning setting... 
the water shimmering with illuminated flecks of magic...
the shells glowing so enchantingly...


Monday, July 25, 2011

Ned and Burka in the Pink Lake

Ned and Burka had many favourite spots in the Wimmera region of Victoria. One in particular was the Pink Lake just outside Dimboola. To paddle bare-footed in this lake at any hour is truly a bewitching experience... definitely not to be missed if travelling through Wotjobaluk country.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sidelong Glance

Ned and Burka happened to sit next to each other at the Melbourne Fringe fashion show.
They checked each other out and liked what they saw. 
They found their own fashions more exciting than those on the stage.

Donated to Brunswick South PS Art fair 2010

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sisters of the 7th Udder

The Sisters of the 7th Udder share a special Understanding of the Inner Mechanics of the Universe.
Golden Revelation No. 1 occurred in the Year of 1997, in the Fortunate Boat Studios of St Helier's Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne and it concerned The Cow.
GR1 affirmed that if cows and more cows were allowed to roam throughout the City of Melbourne as they do in Indian cities, then the City of Melbourne would be a happier Place to Be. The People of Melbourne would be employed Most Usefully. Art would reign supreme.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim ( No.s 1 - 9 )

Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim I
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim II
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim III

Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim IV
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim V
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim VI
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim VII
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim VIII
Ned and Burka at the Guggenheim IX

It had long been a dream for Ned and Burka to check out the art of New York City. They eventually saved up enough cash from their church and bank raids to make the dream real. They especially enjoyed visiting the Guggenheim in Manhattan. Great waves of inspiration and unexpected emotion bubbled up from viewing such contemporary masterpieces. They vowed to make it to the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi one day.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ned-headed Bull

I feel sorry for the tormented bulls in Spain. 
This is how Ned Kelly must have felt in Australia. 
This is how so many Muslim Australians must feel still today.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Follow the Dream

Is she for real?



I have Irish-Scottish ancestory. 
I live in a country which sees two females killed violently each week. 
My country is Australia. 


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Spilt Milk

Burka performs "Spilt Milk" on stage at the Mechanics Institute to the delight of the local community.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Caprine Interloper

Burka's sister takes a shot of the two happy outlaws, 
while her favourite goat keeps an eye out for the secret camera.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Four Burkas and Six Neds

Ned had a dream about Burka trekking through the desert with her sisters.
Burka had a dream about six Neds in the ocean.