As a Gamilaroi man based in Lightning Ridge, Darryl Ferguson has developed a love for the natural timber of the Walgett Shire area. Darryl began his passion for woodworkÂ creating furniture, artefacts and didgeridooâ€™s out of local wood. He believes that this enabled him to develop his own unique style â€œusing a natural canvas of my countries beautiful timberâ€. In the style of realism, Darryl creates intricate carvings that can be understood by allÂ people who feel connected to country. He has chosen to carve in a realistic style because he believes that if his audienceÂ can easily identify an imageÂ in his work thenÂ he is able toÂ transcend cultural barriers. â€œIÂ want to get my story out about my people, my country and my culture so that everyone can see itâ€.
Darryl is also trying to dispel certain misconceptions about Aboriginal art in NSW through his work. â€œWe donâ€™t do dots here in this area. People assume that thatâ€™s what we do. We do more of carvings and burns. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m trying to educate people aboutâ€. Darryl also incorporatesÂ modernÂ elements into what he does to challenge the understanding of what Aboriginal art looks like â€“Â Â â€œItâ€™s about getting out of that box that people get put in toâ€.