Born in Warrnambool, South West Victoria 1963 Fiona is a proud Kirrae Whurrong Aboriginal woman.
Having survived and beaten many major health issues throughout her life, such as grand mal epilepsy, tuberculosis, deep vein thrombosis, Fiona is an inspirational woman who now has an almost clean bill of health and keeps as active as she can and gets involved in things that help and inspire others to be the best they can be, be proud of you and don't give up.
For over 30 years Fiona has depicted her Aboriginal culture through the visual arts, including tapestry, painting, public art and through children’s literature. Fiona has created a variety of artworks using uncomplicated symbols, juxtaposed against rich earthy backgrounds and colours, producing vibrant contemporary works of art.
Today she is quite well known, and her work is in collections nationally and internationally. More recently her focus is on public arts and has been commissioned to create works, in Warrnambool, Colac, Camperdown, Terang, and Melbourne.
In 2016 Cricket Australia chose Fiona’s design, ‘Walkabout Wickets’ to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Aboriginal XI Cricket team to play at the MCG. Her design was again used in 2018 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of that first Aboriginal XI’s tour of England in 1868. One of those players was Fiona’s Great, Great Grandfather James Couzens. Another player in this team was her Great Great Uncle John Couzens.
Since then Fiona has continued her involvement with Cricket Australia helping to design the uniforms for the men’s and women’s Australian Indigenous teams.
Having a passion for cricket and art, plus a strong interest in fashion it is a natural progression to put her work into active wear and in the near future, other products so she can share her Aboriginal culture and inspire young and old to get active and go for it.
This year (2019) has been another busy year for Fiona with a shared exhibition with her husband Kenneth McKean @KMAKDesigns at the Hunt Club Community Centre in Deer Park, a solo exhibition, (Wise Ways and Inspiration) at the ‘Alliance Francaise’, shortlisted in the Metro Trains new High Capacity First People’s Art Commission, awarded funding by City of Melbourne to write and illustrate her second Aboriginal children’s book, ‘The Rainbow Serpent Is Coming’ which Fiona is currently working on, (her first was,’Minkgill Chases the Rainbow’) and a major public art project with the Ballarat Line Upgrade Heritage Interpretation Project which involved creating artwork designs for five train stations on the Ballarat line in collaboration with her husband/artist Kenneth McKean.