Born in Coonamble and removed from his family as a young boy, Sooty has recently returned to country. Since returning, he
has connected with family and his Wailwan roots. The Wailwan were mark makers and tree carvers, the latter being made for spiritual and ceremonial purposes.
Sooty's works reference his heritage and ancient Wailwan country stories. His creativity and passion for his culture and
arts started very early in life and he is dedicated to exploring his cultural identity through painting, ceramics, woodwork and photography.