His country background of observing, and his keen eye for excellent stud stock through his life as a Jackaroo and experience of running his property, have developed into now observing and appreciating works of art.
The natural progression has led to John now supporting and sharing the development of the BATHURST CULTURAL TOURS.
Johns aunt Judy is a highly regarded Queensland artist and although now a retired, was a much sought after garden designer. His cousin Virginia is a well respected contemporary artist in New York, who has been an artist in residence at Hill End.
Mary first experienced the enjoyment of art when she won first prize for her drawing of a tree. She was a pupil in a small country Primary School of 23 pupils, which she would ride to sometimes, on her pony, from the family property near Glen Innes..
Her fathers love of classical music, her mothers joy of creating a beautiful garden perfect for children to play in, and her aunt, who introduced her to the visual arts, as well as theatre and opera, were the original inspirational people behind her great interest in the arts.
Mary’s enjoyment of the theatre and being part of it was expanded under the direction of an exceptional teacher, Diana Blackwood from England who was a contemporary of Claire Bloom.
Living for almost two years on a rubber plantation in Malaya gave her the opportunity to become acquainted with Asian culture and its people.
Also living and working in London for nearly three years introduced her to the wonders of original works of art and the classic cultural world there.
As much as she would like to be an artist, her experiences have led her with John, her husband, to choose instead to foster the talents of others, particularly in our region which has a rich and varied culture of its own.
Mary and John now delight in expanding their interests and experiences and those of others , by taking people on their BATHURST CULTURAL TOURS which encompasses not only the arts but also the sustainability of our buildings, environment and our local produce.
They are keen to support headspace with this initiative, so come along for the ride!