From Bob’s fertile mind to the canvas

WESTDALE has an artist in its midst who could serve as an inspiration for anyone who’s considered picking up a paintbrush.

After a car accident in outback NSW in the mid-1980s left him a quadriplegic, Bob McGuffog has shown nothing’s impossible.

Mr McGuffog worked as a sales representative for Boral servicing about one-third of the state.

One day, though, his life was literally turned upside down, but he later discovered a new talent and passion: painting.

“I had a motor vehicle accident between Brewarrina and Bourke,” he said.

“I drove too long that day.

“I went to sleep and tipped the car over.”

Mr McGuffog has been painting for about 20 years, but said he doesn’t think any of his works are good enough to sell, so he gives them to family and friends.

“It’s just something to keep me busy at home in between doing a bit of carpentry,” he said.

“It’s all self-taught and I started after I retired from being a sales rep with Boral.”

Mr McGuffog said it was a relaxing hobby.

“I just sit in my shed and think of something,” he said.

“I like to see what comes out when I start painting.”

His talent for painting is remarkable when you consider he has only 10 per cent use of his right hand and 25 per cent use of his left, but is naturally right-handed.

Mr McGuffog’s paintings are based on rural scenes and landscapes.

When he’s not painting, he restores wooden items and enjoys woodturning.

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