Farmer is an artist first and foremost

Stephen Burns
By Stephen Burns
October 16 2021 - 7:00am
Michelle Chibnall considering the photographs and preliminary sketches for a future painting featuring Australian White ewes.
The exquisite detail in the portrait of a favourite horse is typical of the amount of attention Michelle Chibnall applies to her paintings.

I'm an artist first before I became a farmer

- Michelle Chibnall, Narrandera

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"I'm an artist first before I became a farmer," Michelle Chibnall replied when asked about her career procession; although she did admit, with the ewes lambing at the time of interview in September, to being a farmer before having time to apply her talent to the paper.

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Stephen Burns

Stephen Burns

Journalist, Wagga Wagga

Jackaroo on Merino sheep studs in the Riverina, a lifetime working on the land with sheep, cropping and cattle. Graduate Charles Sturt Uni with degree in Business and a Dean's Certificate. Graduate C.B. Alexander Agricultural College