Eucalyptus in flower
Country: Biripi, Nurra (clan) Warringal (Barrington Tops) and Wallamba (Wallis Lake)Worimi
Pauline is a descendant of the Aboriginal people of the Birip and Worimi nation, located on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Pauline is a self-taught artist commencing her art in 1999 being inspired by her Koori Nanna, who passed away that year.
Born and raised at Bulahdelah, Pauline was fortunate to have been raised in a large and loving family who have respected and valued their Aboriginal Heritage.
Pauline’s artistic influence is from her family tree, her mother Clare Scherbarth arrived in Australia from Hamburg Germany with her family after World War II and married her father Barry Syron Biripi-Worimi man.
Pauline developed a close bond with both Nanas and from these relationships grew a strong sense of identity. During this journey Pauline has intertwined the oral history of her Koori grandparents, travelling back to country, visiting sacred sites combined with extensive research into the lives of her Aboriginal ancestors.
Pauline is the descendant of a rare and unique group of Indigenous people of the Barrington Tops. This area falls into the boundary of Biripi Country and its nurra is Warringal.
The surviving family of the 1835 massacre of the Barrington was the Cooks. Pauline’s Great Grandfather Jack Cook whose traditional name was Mulakut, meaning lightening was the last initiated man of the area with his partner Jessie Brummie. My koori nana Eileen Cook (Syron) was raised by her grandparents Jack & Jessie Cook.
Pop Robert Syron was the son of a traditional Worimi-Wallamba woman Susan Clarke. They lived at Minimbah near Nabiac on the Wallamba river. Susan Clarkes Father Robert Clarke was born and raised on the Manning River with the family tree dating back to the first invasion of the lands.
Pauline has a deep respect for her ancestors and honour's their lives in her art, she believes that their spirit is with her and guides her artistically. Pauline now lives in the snowy mountains and makes regular trips home to her family.
Every painting is unique, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which has a confirmation of Aboriginality guaranteed.
Pauline owns and runs her own art gallery in the snowy mountains at Berridale, please visit and follow Pauline at Bright Art Gallery Victoria, Gloucester Art Gallery, with upcoming art exhibitions at Manning Regional Art Gallery and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery of NSW. Pauline will be having future Art in The Agore Gallery in New York.