Born in Tabulam in the early 1950s, Cheryl lived in South Grafton as a child and then in Casino where she went to school up until the Intermediate Certificate. She lived in Sydney for many years before returning to live in Casino where she worked as an educational assistant and studied by correspondence for an Education degree through the University of Western Sydney. Cheryl is mother to four children and grandmother to fourteen children. Since May 2006, she has worked and trained at Jambama Art Shed, a Community Development Employment Project, in Casino. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions including the Australia Day Indigenous Art Exhibition, CMA Village, Casino in 2008; ‘Branching Out’ at Ballina Community Gallery in 2008; ‘Gumbo Dreaming’ at the Roxy Gallery, Kyogle in 2007; the Tea Tree Art Prize in Coraki in 2007. Her paintings have been sold.
We were taken all around here as children and taught places you can and can’t go and animals and fish and the riverbank. I learned some culture and language, all in secret because it was illegal to talk about culture and tradition and customs. But I had quite a lot of traditional culture as a child. I know a bit about this country. Around the Tabulam area and also as a child I went to Maclean and Ulegandi Island so I had the freshwater and bush but also the salt water experience.I like to paint anything to do with creation. Most of my paintings are to do with nature, the trees and landscapes from around here.