Welcome to "The Outback Artist"
Outback and rural Australian inspired art by Queensland Artist, Sandy McLean.
Sandy McLean's ability to tell a story though her paintings and drawings stands out in her work. She is intrigued with the history of the Australian outback rural people, Australian outback places, Australian outback horsemen and his horse, also the Australian Rodeo scene, bull riders and cowboys. She is passionate about the Australian rural life now and also the past. She endeavors to show how things were done in Outback rural Australia when life was slower and people had time. Of special interest to Sandy is the Australian Aboriginals and their contribution to outback Australia.
I welcome you to view my paintings and drawings of Outback Australian bushmen, Outback Australian Aboriginals, Outback Australian Horseman and many other Outback Australian inspired work. Some pieces are hanging at the Eagles Nest Bar and Grill in Eagle Street Longreach, if your passing through please have a look. Feel free to contact me if you need any information on the pieces.
I was born in Longreach in 1957 where my 3 sisterís and myself spent a wonderful childhood riding our ponies and swimming in the local pool. I attended school in Longreach and then later spent 4 years at boarding school in Brisbane. I then jillarooed on propertyís in the Blackall district in Western Queensland, until I married and settled on a sheep property south west of Longreach where we had 2 of our 3 children. In the early 1990ís our family moved to another property at Augathella, where my last child was born. It was here that I started to paint again something I hadnít done since leaving school.
This time at Augathella was overshadowed by a fall in wool prices and one of the biggest droughts ever to hit that part of Queensland. Surprisingly it took these trying times to make me really use my talents as an artist, I went round the area drawing the impressive homesteads in pen and ink and reproduced them into a calendar. They were very successful selling thousands around Australia and overseas. I also donated $1.00 from each calendar to Drought Relief to help other farming families in the same situation.
Towards the end of the Ď90ís our family moved again this time to a property in the Bollon district in South Western Queensland. Again my art took a back step to work on the place. After 8 years we moved to a cattle property north of Rockhampton and in the past 2 years I have bitten the bullet and spend about 80% of my time shut away in my art room doing what I love best.