Farmers’ journey painted for good cause

Headshot of Cally Dupe
Cally DupeCountryman
Wagin farmer Greg Ball and Busselton artist Jenny Taylor with the artwork.
Camera IconWagin farmer Greg Ball and Busselton artist Jenny Taylor with the artwork. Credit: Cally Dupe

A pair of Wagin farmers’ efforts to raise thousands for the Royal Flying Doctors Service have been immortalised in an artwork by Busselton artist Jenny Taylor.

And now, the colourful piece of Greg Ball and Mike Taylor will be raffled off to raise more funds, seven months after the pair returned from a fundraising trip around Australia.

Five times in the past eight years Mr Ball and Mr Taylor have flown a four-seater Cessna 182Q around Australia as part of the 40-plane Outback Australian Air Race.

During that time, they have raised more than $10,000 for the charity event’s primary beneficiary, the RFDS, through their team Flying Cockies.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


In August last year, the pair completed the 4000km trip with a new name - Woolorama Cockies.

Decked in Wagin Woolorama promotional clothing, the pair spruiked the events at towns from Archerfield in Queensland to Broome.

The pair spread the word about Wagin’s premiere event during the 12-day journey, which takes off each August.

Wagin Woolorama art steward Fiona Dawson said more than $4300 would be up for grabs in this year’s art section, including $1000 for the most outstanding exhibit.

“We are hoping to attract 100 pieces of artwork this year,” she said.

“We have made it more about the medium than the category this year... rather than a subject.”

Categories include oil or acrylic, watercolour, pastel, sculpture, mixed media, and more.

The piece by Ms Taylor - titled “The Flying Cockies” shows Mr Ball and Mr Taylor and a RFDS plane in a paddock, surrounded by creatures great and small.

Ms Taylor said the textured oil on canvas piece took six weeks of “on and off” work to create.

“The only requirements from the Woolorama committee were to have the Cessna plane, the two farmers, and the event logo,” she said.

“I painted it in my quirky, rural style. All of the characters are built up with my own, personal textured medium which is put on using several different pallet knives.

“I was really pleased they approached me... it was a real honour to be asked to paint and to judge.”

Ms Taylor will also painting inside the art section on the Friday and Saturday.

Raffle tickets cost $15, which will be donated to RFDS.

To purchase a ticket before the event, email secretary@woolorama.com.au or phone 9861 1611.

To buy tickets at the event, visit the art section or main office before the end of the day on Friday. The winner will be announced at the art section on Saturday afternoon.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails