Aramac

No trip in Central Queensland is complete without a visit to Aramac. Known as “The Centre of the Universe” by some community members, I have had the idea for some time of creating this image, particularly since my first mural in Aramac was a galaxy inspired piece. I gave the town map a non-linear interpretation including items and attractions from surrounding areas arranged in the directions as you would see them standing directly in front of the wall. The other side was painted to serve as a backdrop for camp oven cooking which takes place regularly.

I also took on a couple of other commissions including a bedroom mural, a private bar area and a shipping container for Aramac Bowls Club.

Aramac

Having completed my tasks at Gayndah, Miriam Vale, Tannum Sands, Gladstone, Blackwater and Emerald, my last stop on this Central Queensland tour was Aramac. When I was completing a mural at the school last year I was informed my skills were required for an upcoming event amongst other things to be painted around the town. Winding up the trip with plenty of artwork raffled at Hogs and Dogs event alongside the Toyota Landcruiser, a Pro Hart inspired mural and many laughs with friends, locals and travellers alike. I can't wait to live it up in sunny Outback Queensland again, I can see why some know this place not just as the centre of Queensland but the centre of the Universe.

Aramac

Since the early 2000’s, I have visited Aramac on numerous tours Central Queensland. I returned in July of this year, when I saw four of my murals at the local school still looking good with the exception of my first creation which had seen better days. I called into Aramac State School on my way between Barcaldine and Muttaburra, and I was in lucky enough find a group of volunteers on the grounds and the Acting Principal in her office on a Saturday. Permission was granted to re-paint the deteriorated space themed mural so I jumped straight to it. Time was limited as I still had some way to travel that afternoon if I was to avoid driving through peak kangaroo traffic after sunset. It was ambitious attempting a 3D piece in a short timeframe with zero planning but the wall called for something special. Hot outback winds were gusting and the sun rays intensified throughout the afternoon. I was happy with the final outcome and the school is so satisfied they have made contact and offered to remunerate me for the artwork which I undertook without any commercial arrangement. The spontaneity of unplanned murals can mean they turn out to be the most memorable experiences.