WEBVTT Kind: captions Language: en 00:00:12.060 --> 00:00:18.750 Like all children I began painting when I was about seven or eight and we all 00:00:18.750 --> 00:00:25.349 used to settle down in father's studio and lie on our tummies and draw. I used 00:00:25.349 --> 00:00:29.220 to go out with my father when I was a child. Father used to ride a bicycle with 00:00:29.220 --> 00:00:33.570 his with his satchel on his back and all his sketching gear I used to have my 00:00:33.570 --> 00:00:37.620 little bicycle with my satchel on my back and by the time I'd got all my oil 00:00:37.620 --> 00:00:41.370 paints out and my palette fixed up there was father with the finished picture 00:00:41.370 --> 00:00:46.920 he'd say 'what on earth have you been doing' I haven't even got a beginning yet. My nature didn't 00:00:46.920 --> 00:00:52.829 lend itself to this quick watercolor painting I wanted to model things and 00:00:52.829 --> 00:00:57.239 get things in the round. Numbers of artists used to visit the old home 00:00:57.239 --> 00:01:02.340 father asked as children to bring out our work to show what we could do and I 00:01:02.340 --> 00:01:08.100 remember that mine got the first prize and that was the first step towards 00:01:08.100 --> 00:01:13.590 giving me confidence really to go on. I used to milk cows before I went down to 00:01:13.590 --> 00:01:18.240 the art school each day and when I got home at night and my father was all in 00:01:18.240 --> 00:01:22.020 favor of this because he said if you're going to be an artist you need to be 00:01:22.020 --> 00:01:27.180 healthy and physically fit and how true he was that I'm thankful to this day 00:01:27.180 --> 00:01:31.290 because I have an enormously strong right arm. My first interest was perhaps 00:01:31.290 --> 00:01:37.049 flowers and people. I remember when I was a war artist right up in the steaming 00:01:37.049 --> 00:01:43.950 jungle of New Guinea I'd arranged myself a beautiful native bowl full of flowers 00:01:43.950 --> 00:01:49.079 and I was sitting in the mess painting this when I had a signal to be moved on 00:01:49.079 --> 00:01:54.899 down to Lae and I ignored the signal and said go away I'm in the middle of 00:01:54.899 --> 00:02:01.770 painting flowers and I continued. Now I think I've found my own environment in 00:02:01.770 --> 00:02:08.670 an old home in Hunters Hill in the very wandering wilderness of a garden and the 00:02:08.670 --> 00:02:15.690 atmosphere is peaceful and very inducive to my work. This peaceful spot is not 00:02:15.690 --> 00:02:19.870 so remote that I'm not all too aware of what is going on 00:02:19.870 --> 00:02:27.640 art world it is very hard to find what is true to oneself one's own individual 00:02:27.640 --> 00:02:33.480 way of saying something is the important thing