Narelle Wildman, born in 1946 in Sydney was a traveler of the world. She initially pursued a career in modelling and fashion and lived in Brazil, Paris and London. Returning home in 1980, Wildman researched the Australian native art movement and first exhibited in the style at the Hogarth Gallery. A collaboration with Villeroy and Boch followed.
Employing vibrant colours, Wildman's work draws inspiration from her childhood memories of time spent at the beach and in the NSW country around Nyngan and Dubbo. Featuring children, animals and adults playing, Jacaranda and Pepper Trees and summer skies, Wildman's work depicted suburbia, the everyday, families and the Sydney Harbour. Favourite Sydney locations included Mrs Macquarie's Chair, where Wildman's other favourite subject, the old-style ferries and yachts, could be seen. In 2004 Wildman was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to paint Australia Days on Sydney Harbour for their front page.