For years, Sarah grappled with a profound sense of disconnection, hindering her longing to express herself through painting. This struggle was compounded by frequent questioning about her heritage due to her lighter skin and the non-traditional colors and narratives present in her artwork. The fact that her great grandmother, a part of the Stolen Generation, was unable to pass down traditional stories and methods after being taken to the Cootamundra Girls Home, furthered this disconnect. However, a significant shift occurred when Sarah moved to Ngunnawal country in 2012, marking the onset of her personal journey to reconnect with her culture.
In the early months of 2017, Sarah made peace with the absence of traditional stories in her knowledge pool. Embracing her unique experiences and journey, she began to weave them into her artworks. This acceptance proved fortuitous as painting became her solace, helping her navigate through a period of intense grief later that year.
Looking back, it became clear that painting had long served as Sarah's outlet, tracing back to her university days. While initially she set her art aside to focus on her degree, a painful breakup led her back to painting. Determined to rely on herself for happiness and not on another, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery, finding solace and expression in her artwork.
In the present, painting remains a vital part of Sarah's well-being. This creative outlet has facilitated a journey of healing for her. Through Marrawuy Journeys, she now channels her experiences, creating opportunities for others to embark on their own healing journeys, testament to the transformative power of art.