I went through a lot of bad times. My doctor told me draw what happened to me.  So I start painting, which helps me.  When I am painting I am in a different world.

I love painting gumtrees, and the river

Lavington based artist Rita Wenberg, is a Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr woman. Wenberg was forcibly removed from her parents before she was three years old and put into a mission before being sent to the Cootamundra Girls School to be trained as a domestic servant. Wenberg’s paintings often share her childhood experiences and the impacts of the forcible removal of First Nations children from their families. Wenberg paints as a way to deal with the memories of what she endured during this time.

Wenberg recently presented a solo exhibition of paintings, Not a myth, at Burraja gallery, Gateway Island.