Born 1948, Wilcannia, New South Wales
Resides Mildura, Victoria
Rayleen was born in Wilcannia, New South Wales and spent much of her life on the land. She travelled from station to station following her father in his work, which varied from constructing windmills and woolsheds to fencing and trapping. After marrying, Rayleen continued the live in the bush, working on the land goat hunting and rabbiting with her husband.
Rayleen paints largely from her memories of the landscapes of the areas in which she has travelled – particularly Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, White Cliffs and Lake Cargelligo. Rayleen’s affinity with the bush is evident in her work, which is dominated by the windswept sand hills of the outback and its animals.
Rayleen paints on whatever is at hand at the time – including on the backs of curtains and on over-painted framed pictures, which she buys from opportunity shops.