YPRL: What is your favourite part of the mural you have painted for us?
Simone: I love the rainbow Serpent! It reminds me of my childhood. I used to dance traditional Aboriginal dance with my sister and cousins and perform throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Good old Rainbow Serpent, good old memories.
YPRL: Where do you find your inspiration?
Simone: The bush, the river, the mountains, the beautiful earth. I absolutely love the colours of the sky; they are truly represented in just about every piece of art that I do. I also have a great respect for the Dreamtime stories learned throughout my life. Aboriginal people have a soul-deep connection to country and our ancestors. This makes us who we are.
YPRL: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
Simone: I don’t know if I’ve ever been given ‘advice’, but I could probably say that what I have learned is that art is very subjective, and everyone sees the story differently. In my case, it is very important to me that the viewer or audience firstly ‘feels’ my story before drinking in the detail. So, to that – be sincere with your paintbrush and be true to yourself.
YPRL: And the question every librarian has to ask: What are you reading at the moment?
Simone: Aah, yes … I have two by my bedside but have yet to open. I usually work till midnight so I’m usually out after that. One is The Dry, by Jane Harper and the other is Priestess, it was a gift for my b'day last year. It’s by Julie Parker.
The mural will be a focal point of future celebrations and events but is up now in the garden for all to enjoy.