At home with This Yorkshireman is embracing the country lifestyle, cows and all
After career highs in London and Los Angeles, artist Alan Walsh was looking g for some peace and quiet in Australia so o the hunt was on for a country abode.
The North Yorkshireman has found just that in the Southern Highlands in a 1930s home surrounded by lush gardens.
“My fiancee Emily found the place on the internet and my parents had come out from Yorkshire at the time so they all saw it — and d fell in love with it,” he says.
Alan’s work is also flourishing in the Southern Highlands, where he has just opened a gallery in Bowral.
“This is a good artist community — we are finding quite a group of beautiful people who have found their way from Sydney. It’s a really y friendly place,” says Alan.
The farmhouse, which was renovated just prior to them moving in, sits on 5ha of land and is surrounded by trees.
“The cows came with the property,” he says. “The farmer asked me if we’d mind looking after them, and now they are part of the family. I didn’t think I would have been saying that a year ago.”
The couple is happily ensconced in their new home, but plans are in place to turn the double garage into a screen printing studio, and turn Emily’s dream of a horse arena on the grounds into a reality.
“The last five years I have travelled so much around my work and have lived out of a suitcase, so it’s lovely to have a proper place to call home,” Alan says.
“You can never underestimate the positive effect that can have on you. It’s so nice to sit on the deck and have a cup of tea and not see a single aeroplane or bus go past.”
All our new kitchenware is from Le Creuset, it’s my favourite brand at the moment. The kitchen has some modern touches, but it’s a classic farmhouse, which is lovely.
I have many books. Bernard Villemot and Andy Warhol are two of my art inspirations and idols. Many hours have been spent looking through these.
I’m old school and like to write things down. With a memory like mine I’d be lost without it.
This is the first present I was given when I was born. He went everywhere with me when I was a little boy. He’s been a great listener over the years.
This lamp has lived in a few houses with me over the years. I love to collect vintage lamps and this was the first I bought.
1930s farmhouse in Bundanoon with his fiance Emily Shephard
This art represents a refresh for us. It’s a girl on a horse, which takes me back to Yorkshire and my childhood, but this is the new adult chapter of my life
Antiques mixed with bright pop screen prints to inject some colour and vibrancy
After travelling so much, it’s lovely to have a proper place to call home.