Emma is a descendant of the Bidjara tribe from the Charleville area. She lives in Toowoomba with her partner and newborn son. Emma has been painting for
appropriately 8 years. Contemporary Indigenous art is Emmas most practised style.
The idea for ‘Helidon Washout’ came about from the horrifying floods that unfolded upon Toowoomba and surrounding areas in January 2011. The painting shows three towns in which are represented by the main circles in the centre of the painting. These are Oakey, Toowoomba and Helidon. There is also water connecting the towns which is the
main flow of water that flowed between the towns. In the background are the red oak dots to represent the dirty muggy water that covered the land. The blue dots in the border are to show the rain that fell all around the land. Animal tracks represent the migration of animals in response to flood waters.