Born and raised on Wadawurrung country in Geelong, Billy-Jay is a proud Wadawurrung man residing in Mount Duneed..
He is a recognised Traditional Owner and member of Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, where he works as a Cultural Heritage Representative.
In 2019, Billy-Jay completed a Certificate 4 in Cultural Heritage Management enabling him to strengthen his cultural commitment to his country and community whilst also strengthening his cultural connection to family and country.
“Working on my country reignited my spirit of painting, walking country and learning from country in my Field Officer role and I now walk in my gifting of storytelling through paint, and I have created many stories of country,” he says.
“I am on a journey learning language and I like to connect this to my paintings and stories of Wadawurrung Country.
“My art style is contemporary, always reflecting the stories and colours of Wadawurrung Country – with the use of bright and earthy colours and symbols, as well as the elements of country, water, mountains, sun and coast – all of which give us what we need to live.”
Billy-Jay has established a social media page for his art called Papul Art. “Papul” is the Wadawurrung language name for Ochre, which is traditionally used for painting by Wadawurrung people.