I began my interest in Aboriginal art about seven years ago when I first decided to purchase a piece of Aboriginal art while visiting my family living in Australia. That led to research and fascination with the diversity of expression and the depth of culture still maintained by the indigenous people of Australia. The more I have learned, the more I realize the importance of supporting and valuing the cultures of indigenous people everywhere. That has become one of my main motivations in forming this collection and striving to introduce this amazing, very collectible and investment-worthy art. Many of the artists in the gallery have works held in the major state and national museums in Australia.
In 2007, I was one of only seven Americans invited by the Australian government to participate in a trade mission designed to introduce American collectors to Australian indigenous art.  We spent two weeks flying by small aircraft to 27 remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. We met artists, saw lots of work, heard stories and made lifetime connections. Many of the works in the gallery collection were sourced on this trip. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a great privilege. 

All of the artworks in the OCHRE DOT GALLERY collection have been sourced personally by myself. The great majority come directly from the remote community art centers and a few from reputable dealers who obtain the works directly from the artists. The artists are paid when the work is recieved by our gallery, with a percentage used to support the art center from which they work. The income from sales is shared between the artist who painted the art work and the art center. The art centers make possible the production, distribution and sale of their artists’ artworks.  Often there are also tea and coffee facilities, meals for artists and special projects such as bush trips - where artists and family members go out to visit their country (Jukurrpa sites) for cultural purposes and art inspiration. These trips often encompass travel up to 250 miles away, camping and art-making on site. 

The Aboriginal art centers are entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people, with some support coming from the Australian government. Employment in the remote areas where the centers are located is extremely limited and most residents are recipients of government benefits. Art centers play an important role in each community, providing cultural and social benefits in addition to economic returns. The aim of an art center is to promote individual artists, provide economic development for the communities to which they belong and to assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.

I return to Australia every year to refresh the collection and to catch up on the latest news in the world of Australian Aboriginal art.

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