Irene  Bowyer

Yuku-Baja-Muliku Traditional Owner & Elder

I started painting when I was about 17 years old.

My family & I were living in Laura at the time, and I was working for Percy Trezise at his Quinkan Hotel in Laura where I was introduced to painting. Percy and Dick Roughsey were doing a lot of exploration work on the amazing Rock Art in the area. Dick was an elder from the community on Mornington Island and was a very close friend of Percy. I worked voluntarily as a guide to some of the Rock Art Sites while living there, taking tourist on bush walks to view these incredible paintings.

I later moved to Mareeba where I continued to paint with friends and we sold works at the Kuranda Markets, local markets and shops in and around Cairns.

We held an exhibition at the Hilton Hotel in Cairns in 1988.

I stopped painting for about 25 years due to family and life commitments and I have just recently rekindled the passion to paint. My mediums of choice are acrylics on canvas.

I sign my works with my Maiden name I. Doughboy.

My Grandfather George Doughboy was the King of the Bloomfield River.

His name plate can be seen in the James Cook Museum here in Cooktown.

Community: Cooktown : QLD
Country: Archer Point
Father Country: Archer Point
Clan: Yuku Baja Muliku