WIRADJURI man Arnold Williams has the talent for creating beautiful artworks coursing through his veins. Coming from a long line of Aboriginal artists, Mr Williams is the next generation in his family to continue the painting tradition.
The second youngest of four children, Mr Williams is the only one to take up painting after years of observing his father's brushwork.
"My dad, Jimmy Williams, is an artist and so was my grandfather Reuben Williams. I just watched [my dad] and learned from him, I sat for ages watching him and just painted along with him. He told me which signs to do where and told me what they stood for," he said.
"When I was 13, I started painting rocks at first and used them as door stoppers and then I started painting boards and went on to canvas."
Mr Williams lives in Queanbeyan and spends his whole day with paint, by day as a house painter and by night as an artist.
He said creating art works is his form of escapism and he prefers to gift his finished pieces to family and friends rather than selling them for profit.
"I just love to paint, I don't do it for the money, I just love to do it," he said. "To make the canvas beautiful, to just take a white canvas and make it nice ... there's a freedom, you can create whatever you want.
"I find it very calming, relaxing. I just do my dot work and nothing bothers me at all."
Mr Williams said painting also allows him to connect to his cultural roots and he hoped to pass this onto his six-year-old son Maliyan Hayes.
"He's already done a couple of paintings with me. He likes to do it but he also likes to play computer games. I try to get him away from the computer and get him to do things with his hands, build things, paint things."
It's been 14 years since Mr Williams came to Queanbeyan with his family but he likes to leave behind the pressures of city life and return to his home of Peak Hill.
Among the desert landscape is where he finds true inspiration and serenity.
"I like to go back to where I'm from and sit around and paint. I take my son whenever I can and he loves it. Just going out to the bush, you don't have to worry, it's just free," he said.
"I've always been out in the bush all my life really and it's my inspiration especially the colours when you see the reds, yellows and pinks."
Mr Williams recently won his first accolade, the Indigenous Artist Award at the 2013 Queanbeyan City Council Regional Art Awards.
"People had been telling me to enter my work into competitions but I didn't think they were good enough," he said.
"Winning the award makes me want to do art even more, I'm not very well-known as an artist so my goal is to be recognised as one. I'd really like to see my paintings hanging in a gallery one day."