Lauren  Bowyer

Yuku-Baja-Muliku Traditional Owner / Ranger

Born in Mareeba Qld in 1985, my family moved to Cape Flattery Silica Mines where my Parents both worked for the Mitsubishi Mining Corporation.

As a child growing up I did School of Distance Education and enjoyed fishing, beachcombing, swimming, dancing & singing.

In 1997 I went to boarding school in Charters Towers & later completed my High schooling in 2002 at Mareeba State High.

I never had much interest in painting and often opted to follow my Father around in his job as Mine Supervisor, when asked I would tell people that the artistic gene was used up on my older Sister.

In 2013 at a Traditional Owner camp I sat down for the very first time & painted Burnie Beans with layered dots in bright colours which people seemed to show interest in.

In 2014 at 29 years old I began painting for the first time ever on canvas & have found it to be a form of relaxation after work.

My family is a very large well known family from Cape York, my Grandfather Jack Doughboy was an Annan River / Archer Point Traditional Owner.

My Grandmother Louisa Banjo was from the Laura area.