Father Sky and the invitation for self reflection is Woman of the South's latest collection.

The collection is exhibiting in our Berry Store from Tuesday August 15th - Monday September 11th.

This body of work was inspired by my recent adventures under the night sky and the teachings that nature has to offer to us, if we choose to slow down and listen.

Featured art (from left to right): Wild Seas under Southern Lights, You are the ocean.

When a body of water such as a lake is moving and choppy. We see a broken or scattered reflection of the night sky.
When a body of water such as a lake is still, and calm.
We see the full reflection of the night sky, all its stars & grandmother moon.
The lake is a metaphor for the mind.
When the mind is turbulent and choppy, thought is scattered and it's harder to see things clearly for what they truly are.
When the mind is calm and peaceful we have the ability to see our lives and the world around us with clarity.

Featured art (from left to right): The Valley By Night, Full Moon Camp.

Nature is always prompting us to pause, to breathe and to remember what's truly important.

The pieces in this collection are a reminder of our connection to country and father sky. They also serve as an invitation to look up, to slow down and go within.

Featured art (from left to right): The Entire Cosmos, Reflection.

Always was, Always will be Aboriginal land.

"I always start with smoke, whether that’s from gum leaves, sage, or palo santo. My painting process is a ceremony within itself.... I like to think that with every moment I spend planning a piece, with every brushstroke and each time the dot work kisses the canvas, I help to release the shame and ancestral trauma for my nan and her extended family."

About the artist.

Natalie Childs goes by the name Woman of the South. And a woman of the south, she certainly is! Her expressive, vibrant artworks are full of feminine energy, and for a seemingly short and meteoric rise, she has come to a place in her work that her ancestors have gently guided her to across her whole life.

Natalie was born on Dharawal Country with kinship ties to the Bundjalung Nation. She grew up alongside the riverbanks of western Sydney before moving to the South Coast with her father and four siblings. Her father taught Natalie and her brothers and sisters how to fish and to recognise and identify native flora and fauna. She credits him with showing her how to connect with Country and truly appreciate nature.

After attending Ulladulla High School, Natalie spent several years moving around NSW before returning south. She now lives with her ten-year-old daughter in Manyana, on Yuin Country.

Also a Yoga and Meditation teacher Natalie works in a sunny plant-filled studio, where she creates a fusion of abstract, landscape and contemporary Aboriginal art. A personal representation of country, sacredness and the ebbs and flows of the human experience.

' I always start with smoke, whether that’s from gum leaves, sage, or palo santo. My painting process is a ceremony within itself. My work always has a deeper kind-of philosophical meaning and I am beyond grateful that art and culture has brought so much meaning to my life and that I am able to share that with others through my art.

Natalie is a full time resident artist at Few and Far, and is represented by The Toowoomba Gallery and Tyger Gallery, Yass.