Ellen Roughsey

I was born in the old hospital which later became the Church. It is now the Library. I grew up in the dormitory but it was horrible and the missionaries were mean and nasty. I went to school and when I was 18 I went and worked as a domestic on a cattle property called Muttaburra near Longreach.

I had my daughter Rosemary while I was working on the station and then brought her back to Mornington Island. I worked as a teacher's aide at the school for many years.

I enjoy painting at the Art Centre with the other artists. We have fun and I enjoy the company. I like to paint all the old time stories I heard as a child. Stories like Squid and Rat, Sea and Rock. I feel proud when I finish a painting.

I also teach Lardil language at the school which I love and I'm also a Church Elder.

Ellen Roughsey

Artworks

627-19

$600.00

Ellen Roughsey

Thuwathu, 2019

41 x 51 cm

Acrylic, dry and earth pigments on Belgian linen

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625-19

$600.00

Ellen Roughsey

Sydney Island Rocks, 2019

41 x 51 cm

Acrylic, dry and earth pigments on Belgian linen

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1038-19

$1,000.00

Ellen Roughsey

Sea and Rock, 2009

88 x 60 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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1037-19

$1,000.00

Ellen Roughsey

Thuwathu Scales, 2009

60 x 88 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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